I Leveled Up on My Skin Care and Makeup Routine

If you know me or have been following me and my blog, you'd know I always stick with the basics when it comes to beauty routine. While I've attended a number of beauty workshops in the past, I always end up with whatever I am "hiyang" with -- from facial cleanser to scrub, moisturizer and face powder. I am just too lazy to do so many steps kaya I just go with the bare essentials. All this changed after I went to Marj+Rowena's Beauty Workshop last year.

For years, my skin care regimen only included cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing. Well, until now din naman same pa rin, but nadagdagan ng extra step:
  • daily cleansing - Physiogel cleanser
  • daily moisturizing - Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream, Olay Regenerist
  • nightly eye cream - Laneige Water Bank Eye Gel
  • weekly exfoliating - Cure aqua gel
At my age, I know I need some changes, like with the eye cream. Also, I am now a fan of Laneige Water Bank series, which I first tried during the workshop. It's super cool and light while adequately hydrating my skin. I shared my love for the Water Bank Gel Cream here.

With my daily makeup, I was so used to just applying face powder, curling my lashes, and putting on whatever lipstick color I was in the mood for. That's it.

Since the recent holidays, though still inconsistent, nag-level up na ako compared to before! =) Now, here's my new makeup routine:
  • face powder or BB cushion - MAC Studio Fix, Mabelline White Superfresh, Laneige BB Cushion
  • apply pencil/liquid eyeliner - Inglot eyeliner, K-Palette 1Day Magic, Revlon Colorstay
  • apply liquid eyebrow liner - K-Palette Real Lasting Eyebrow
  • curl lashes 
  • apply mascara - Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara
  • lipstick or lip shimmer - MAC, Happy Skin, Burt's Bees
  • blush (as needed)
To tell you the truth, minsan tamad pa rin ako to do the routine above, especially when I'm in a rush or when I bring and fetch kids to and from their classes. But at least I now put in extra effort especially to my kilay na bitin, hehehehe. I've been using K-Palette eyebrow liquid ever since I learned how to use it during the workshop.

Take a peek at my made-up face during the workshop, and a random day about a month ago when I was able to fix myself up, complete with mascara and defined eyebrows.

What's so special about that last beauty workshop?

First of all, the organizers are my friends Marj and Rowena, who are both beauty bloggers and are very knowledgeable in the skincare and makeup department. They've tried and used tons of products on themselves so I trust their recommendations. 

Secondly, I discovered different brands and types of cosmetics they gave away during the workshop. Unlike the ones I've attended in the past sponsored by a single brand, theirs has allowed all the participants to try a wide assortment of skincare and make-up brands and taught us the proper use and application of each one.

Here I am with my friends Rowena and Marj, and co-participant Jackie Go with our "before" bare faces.

Rowena and Marj with volunteers during the demos

Look at my loot -- each participant took home all these, and more, from samplers to full sets of different product lines.  Each one approved and handpicked by my beauty-expert friends.

Before  and  After

No doubt, I became more conscious in taking care of my skin and more confident in doing my makeup after the workshop with Marj and Rowena. Major improvement na yan on my part to be able to follow through with what I learned. =)

It took a while for a part 2 of their workshop but I'm very happy to share my experience and announce the good news that they are having the sequel this June 11!
See poster below for details.

Reserve your slot now and avail of the early bird rate of P4,000 when you register now until May 31! Super sulit with over P10,000 worth of products you'll bring home!

by Marj and Rowena
JUNE 11, 2016
1 - 5 pm at Backyard Coffee
P. Guevarra st. San Juan
Fee: Php5000
Reserve via SMS/Viber: +63917-8929289

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Fun Friday: Our Stars Aligned on Mom's Day

Third Friday of the month: Event / Celebration / Recreation

May is special for me mainly because we celebrate motherhood this month and it's also my blog's anniversary every Mother's Day. For my blog, I really don't plan anything special but simply thank my readers and friends for the continuous support. As for Mother's Day, we usually dine out for lunch and treat the grandmothers as well. But what I love most are all the gifts and pampering I receive as mom's day weekend approaches, heehee! =)

Bonding and shopping at Hunt & Gather Festival

Mother's Day weekend:
I love all the gifts that came from flowers to chocolates, accessories and even matching Lock & Lock Horoscope Tumblers for me and my girl. More on that towards the end of this story.

Saturday -- my family had a simple lunch at a pizza place. Afterwards, the boys went home and my girl and I went to the first Hunt & Gather Nutrition and Fitness Festival in Glorietta, celebrating "Strong Moms". We snacked on vegan ice cream, coconut juice and bought myself a new pair of grip socks for my pilates class. Our spanking new tumblers came with us too.

Having her with me at the event was really fun as we bonded over yummy food and shopping. I told her na Mother's Day gift na nya sa akin yon, being with me that day. I always tell her that I like shopping with her and that she's my foodie buddy whenever we go out and travel since we both enjoy eating and appreciate good food. She agrees! =) 

Aside from being foodies, I also like that we get to dress up in similar looks from time to time, or what millennials would call "twinning". Here's one example, where she observed that we have matching looks and our colors are in reverse daw.

Sunday -- Mother's Day, we had lunch with the grannies and as expected, we both enjoyed our orders, especially the decadent and sinful molten chocolate cake that we shared. Watch these short video clips and see what I'm talking about. =)

Sumptuous Sunday lunch with family.

Sharing dessert of molten chocolate cake!

Now, going back to my Mother's Day gifts... best surprise I got was a pair of Lock & Lock stainless steel tumblers for me and M!!! Woo-hoo! Naturally, we brought them with us to the festival at the mall.

SRP : Php 1,149.75

You know what's fascinating? M has been curious about astrology and horoscopes for the past few months. She's been asking me about our signs, the meaning and the symbols behind each one. Lo and behold, Lock & Lock, one of our trusted and favorite house ware brands, sent us their Horoscope Tumblers based on our astrological signs! What a coincidence and a wonderful surprise! I tell you, the stars have aligned for us on Mother's Day. =)

Here's M, resting by the stage with our handsome royal blue horoscope tumblers at the event, of course her LPS toys came with us too. 

Capricorn for this January celebrant, and Pisces for me.

What we love about Lock&Lock Tumblers
  • Ideal to keep hot or cold drinks -- 400ml
  • Tumblers are vacuum insulated and keep drinks hot or cold for at least 6 hours
    • From the time we left the house for the festival until that evening, my leftover water was still cold after 8 hours
    • M did not drink too much and forgot about her tumbler until the next day -- 24 hours and her water remained cold!
  • Slim stainless steel body with polished royal blue metallic color and constellation design
  • Secure plastic lid with seal, removable mouth ring and rubber gasket
    • Mouth ring design controls flow of water while drinking, prevents spills even in a moving vehicle
  • Non-slip rubber base

I stopped buying plastic bottles for years now and switched to glass or stainless, so these Lock & Lock stainless steel tumblers are prefect for us. Basta kasya sa bag ko, we always bring water bottles whenever we go out.

Thank you, Lock & Lock for this super cool mom's day gift! Matching clothes and now may matching tumblers na with M! I have to thank my lucky stars too! =)

Get the latest product updates from Lock & Lock on Facebook and Instagram:

Shop for your Lock & Lock tumblers and food containers at these 
Lock&Lock Stores:

Fisher Mall

Shangri-La East Wing

Alabang Town Center

Glorietta 4

BF Paranaque
Megastate Bldg. - Araneta Ave.

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Family Friday: Raising a Strong-Willed Child

Second Friday of the month:  Parenting / Kids

Fierce, willful, inquisitive, temperamental, street-smart. These are just some of the words to describe our daughter. She's a toughie, a complete opposite of her brother (that's a whole different story). She can be sweet one moment, then play hardball the next. Sugar and spice, that's her. Is there a right way to parent a strong-willed child?

M is our spunky girl. She's independent, creative, playful, opinionated. She can be very persistent and stubborn too. Ang hirap timplahin minsan. Everyday, we get into a situation where she will challenge us, day and night, there will always be an issue to process, to argue about or to negotiate. There are a lot of "NO" in the convo. It can stem from anywhere -- meal times to organizing her toys, bath time and sleeping hours, wanting to buy something, even to combing her hair and wi-fi disconnections! There will be days when she will throw a fit, become rude and unreasonable (even in public!) that it will really test our patience. Parenting nightmare, I know! Horror, diba? I feel so helpless, embarrassed. I feel judged.

At some point, I resorted to spanking and locking her in a room as punishment. I didn't like it, and I was shaking in anger while I forced her in to the room. I also cried many times out of frustration, not knowing how to get through to her. Patigasan talaga kami. I dreaded the teenage years.

During some meltdowns, she would cry hysterically and starts hyperventilating (happening now as I type this --  may issue tonight!!!). She's really pushing and testing our patience. We learned to just ignore her and allow her to calm down (even if it takes an hour) on her own before sitting her down for a talk.

Before, I used to shout and nag out of impulse. We clash...a lot! I know that it's not the solution. It's not an effective way to calm her down and manage the situation. Minsan, give up nako. Most of the time, I let J handle her. Still a trial and error on finding the best way to approach her temperament and tantrums. It's sooo exhausting. We are hopeful that this is just a stage.

I hate to say it, but I think she feels entitled and is turning into a brat. =(  She knows it, but matigas talaga siya. It really bothers me, and I feel that we failed her.

Talking with J and my friends, and reading up on related parenting articles help me a lot. I also learn so much from coach Pia Acevedo of the One Core every time I attend a Better Me session on parenting. The last one was several weeks ago and here's what coach Pia has to say, and my take-away from the open forum in relation to my parenting woes:
  • People make the right decisions that they can make in a given time in their life. Don't apologize for the decisions you made.
    • I know we've made mistakes that led to where we are now with our children. Not sure when or what, but we can only move forward and try to make better decisions this time around. Ang hirap! Parenting is a work in progress.
  • Everyone has their own process. Tantrums are kids' process, but it's the parents' responsibility to create a safe environment and acknowledge their feelings (ask them to communicate their feelings)
    • The magic word -- process. Each one of us has our own process, our own way of dealing with every situation. It's just so hard to ignore when they become disrespectful during their process. But kailangan palampasin muna yung moment na yun, and then talk it out afterwards. I need to be more conscious and to recognize that in both my kids, especially with my girl. Good thing the boy and the girl know how to express and verbalize what they feel so we can understand and find a way to address them.
  • Parents should have a strong core for kids to follow -- present certitude to help kids find what they are good at
    • It's not going to be easy, but I know I need to better myself first to be able to nurture my kids and raise them well. I owe it to them and to my husband.
As the saying goes, the struggle is real! Minsan, hindi ko na talaga alam ang gagawin. We resorted to threats and punishments as the easy way out. There are moments of self-doubt and guilt. Then I came across this article last month - 8 Truths Of Parents Who Are Raising A Strong-Willed Child from Scary Mommy blog, and it hit home. I've embraced the good and the not-so-good sides to her character. You'll understand me more after you read it.

Don't get me wrong, she has more positive attributes than negative, and we are so blessed to have a daughter like her. M is a smart cookie. She's well-loved in school, mature for her age, and she's feisty. A well-rounded individual, self-motivated, and a critical-thinker. Etong issue lang talaga ang super mega challenging for us. Stressful! At 9 years old, she knows what she wants, and she knows what she's doing. We love her for that. We're still trying to figure her out, to get to know her better and how to approach her episodes the right way. I know she will eventually grow out of this "difficult" phase and that being strong-willed is a key to her future success. We're here to help her learn to be more mindful, to manage her emotions and, ultimately, find her joy.

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Foodie Friday: What Have I Been Eating???

First Friday of the month: Food Finds / Dessert

Dessert. Cake. Ice Cream. Nuts. Chocolate. For the past month, my foodie finds have been mostly baked goods and sweets, except for this natural cracked pili nut. I really have a sweet tooth and it's simply a challenge for me to refuse desserts. The sad truth is that I have an intolerance for gluten and eggs -- what pastries are mainly made of. Well, Mother's Day naman...okay, Mother's month, hehehe, so I'll "cheat" na muna! =)

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Mom-Finds: Urban Kid-Style for Tots to Teens from ZIPPY

Last Friday of the month:  Mom-Finds / Kid-Style / Shopping 

I love shopping for my children's clothes as much as I do mine, and what thrills me even more is finding quality and fashionable kids' apparel at reasonable prices. We all know how kids can quickly outgrow their clothes and shoes so I always consider affordability but without sacrificing comfort and style. Here's great news for moms like me -- my girl and I recently discovered ZIPPY from Portugal and I'm now sharing our latest fashion finds here! ZIPPY joins my short list of favorite kid stores.

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Bathe in Perfume + IG Giveaway

Do you enjoy taking long baths? 
Do you love the feeling of soft of supple skin? 
Do you like a sweet lingering smell after a shower? 
Well, I think you'll also like this Soft Touch Body Wash that I've been using for months now.

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DIY Design with Converse Kids Chuck Taylor All Star Loopholes

Everybody knows Converse. It's been a favorite brand of footwear for generations, and our youngest has also favored this sneakers over all her casual shoes. Her school allows rubber shoes as part of their uniform so she chose to wear her classic Chucks to school everyday for two years now. Come June, we planned to buy her a new pair. Lucky for her, we got invited to a Converse event and she brought home a brand new Converse Kids Chuck Taylor All Star Loopholes that she can customize!

"I can wear this to school!" Yes, you can.
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What to Expect at ROW 101 Summer Bazaar 2016

When I got invited to a shopping party, I could not find an excuse not to go. Shopping = Fun. My blogger friends and I got a preview of what we can expect to find at the ROW 101 Summer Pop Up and it's happening na this weekend -- April 16 and 17 at White Space in Makati!

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Learning the Game of Economics and Family Finance

If there's a chance for us parents to teach lessons through games, then that would be awesome, right? One of my weaknesses is finance. I just can't digest the topic (or I refuse to understand it). To be honest, I'm just not interested in learning and talking about it. But of course, I want to earn lots of money, hehee...who wouldn't?! A few weeks ago, I was invited by Mommy Mundo to one of their Mom School workshops with the theme Family Game Time. With the help of Sun Life, this was the first time for me and the boy to really have fun learning about business and investments, insurance and stocks through a board game!

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From a Tele-babad Teen to Social Media-holic SAHM

Second Friday of the month: Personal / Family

7038**. 7752**. 72752**. 72476**. 0998-985****. Yes, six digits lang noon. I still remember all our old home phone numbers kasi ako ang suki niyan as soon as I get home from school and done with homework or reviews. From our black dial-up telephone unit, I remember chatting with my classmates about anything and everything. Eventually, PLTD added a 7th digit to our telephone number and updated the phone units. Aside from television, our telephone is my best friend at home. Wala pang internet noon and next to sending mail, calling from the phone is the best way of communication.

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Foodie Friday: Oriental Fish Cakes

First Friday of the month: Mom-Cook / Recipe

Hello! I'm back from my Holy Week blog break and with an easy-peasy recipe for this month's Foodie Friday. I got inspired by this dish from fellow blogging mama, Levy. She posted a photo of her fish cakes on Instagram and I immediately asked for the recipe. Since I wasn't inspired to experiment in the kitchen lately, I thought I'd try out simple dishes I spot on IG and FB. We got tired of our usual crispy panko fish fillet, and since it was Lent, I decided to cook fish cakes last week.

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Field Trip to Hardin sa Tabing Ilog Campsite in Nasugbu, Batangas

Third Friday of the month:  Fun and Recreation / Travel

This month's Fun Friday feature is all about my girl's school culminating event for their social studies where the second graders and parents went on an exposure trip to Batangas. Hardin Sa Tabing Ilog Campsite was the venue for their year-end activity. This trip to an actual river was the perfect backdrop that allowed the kids to reflect and showcase what they've learned about Pasig River, it's surrounding communities and rehabilitation, and how it compares to rivers from around the world.

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