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Beauty Review: Guerlain Météorites Baby Glow Foundation

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About the Foundation straight from Guerlain:

With Météorites Baby Glow, for the first time, light becomes liquid… subtle, silky, impalpable. With a unique alchemy that combines technology with a touch of magic, this liquid light glides onto the skin as a luminous, perfecting veil that erases signs of fatigue and reveals the youth and natural glow of the complexion. The skin looks rested, smooth and replenished – as beautiful and fresh as a baby’s skin. Like an infusion of moisture, the ethereal and delightfully aqueous texture of Météorites Baby Glow makes it glide effortlessly onto the skin, suffusing it with a long-lasting sensation of comfort. With this hydrating burst of freshness, the skin relaxes and appears refreshed, invigorated, plump and radiant.

CLAIMS:

  • silky, luminous formula restores skin’s radiance
  • minimizes signs of fatigue
  • plumps the appearance of skin
  • evens skin tone without thickness

SHADES:

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I am currently using the middle shade called “Medium”.

VERDICT:

🔸 Price 🔸

₱ 2,900.00 for 30ml

🔸 Packaging

The packaging looks girly in light pink. I love how their emblem was placed on the lid. It has a pump that’s why the tube feels so weighty.

🔸 Fragrance 🔸

It has a relatively strong fragrant same with their powder (Guerlain Meteorites powder). Sweet but not perfume-like.

PROS:

  • comes with a pump
  • SPF 25
  • even outs skin tone
  • blurs the skin
  • good for dry to combination skin
  • light weight
  • no breakout problems
  • Paraben free
  • easily blendable

CONS:

  • not a ton of color option for shades
  • goes only from light to medium skin tone
  • light coverage
  • still needs concealer for imperfections

REPURCHASE? Yes. (Available at Sephora)

RATE: 8/10 (👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽)

Until next time,

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PIG OUT: Vietnamese Street food

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Aside from the different sights to see in Hanoi, I am excited to share my first hand experience on Vietnamese street food. From food carts to food bikes to vendors rolling out in droves, the choices of yummy food seem to be endless. My friend and I tried everything we saw on the streets. We had breads, noodles and different kinds of desserts. In between our stay, we also looked out for different cafés to enjoy their classic cà phê.

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FIRST STOP. 

Bánh mì  has become one of my go-to food while strolling around Vietnam. It is a full tasty bread meal consists toasted baguette, your choice of meat or tofu, fresh cilantro, sweet pickled carrots, daikon radish, sliced cucumbers and mayonnaise spread. Customers can also request for jalapenos. Every serving of bánh mì looks like a classic order of Subway.

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SECOND STOP.

One day, I woke up on the wrong side of the bed and my vertigo was killing me. Since I was feeling under the weather, my friend and I agreed to have noodles for brunch. In Vietnam. Phở is the most famous rice noodle soup you could ever find. Each bowl is made out of homemade rice noodles, beef stock, beef cuts, spring onions, onions and cilantro. The server will also give you limes, chili, mint and bean sprouts to add on the soup. I may not know a lot about Vietnamese noodles but this one was amazing. We savored every ounces of broth inside the bowl. The serving was very inexpensive and totally worth it.

THIRD STOP.

Vietnamese Desserts. I call the first two photos above as a foreign version of Pinoy Halo-Halo. Chè thập cẩm is a sweet dessert that contains coconut milk, beans and jello. Some may have once scoop of ice cream on top depending on the customer’s liking. Also, they put shaved ice on top to be refreshing. The preparation of this dessert can be pretty tedious but it’s delicious. On the other hand, the third photo is known as the caramen (Caramel). Similar to chè, this dessert has beans, jello and coconut milk. But instead of having shaved ice, you have some form of sticky rice below and a custard flan on top.

My overall food escapade in Vietnam was promising. It was definitely proven that Hanoi is a street food haven for tourists and it’s own people. The food are affordable and they have generous amount of servings. Each food we tried consists of intensive labor and great flavor. Everything is a must-try and you’ll definitely come back for more.

 

Until next time,

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Leaving Home.

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How do u cope when you have to leave behind everything you’ve known? How will you find the courage to call a new city or country home?

It’s often said that you can probably find a Filipino in every country in the world.
It’s no longer unusual to hear that one of your friends is going to a different country, that your neighbor will leave to settle in another town or you family will move abroad and that you can stay with them when you pay the country a visit someday.

As more and more Filipinos leave their homeland, the reasons for doing so progressively varied as well. Some migrate in search of a greener pasture, some go solo for a high – paying job, others leave to take further studies and still other go in pursuit of a global adventure.

IT IS ALL ABOUT BALANCE. Yes, it’s possible to love where you are without loving where you’re from any less.

1. DISCOVER YOUR OWN HAPPY PLACE.

As soon as you leave you’ll likely be missing a lot of things from home. These are the good old favorites that give you comfort: people, places, food and experience. It is not wrong to miss all these associations but be careful not to devote all of you time and energy into everything you’ve left behind. Try to discover new people, places, things, experiences and food every week.

2.  KEEP IN TOUCH AND DON’T BURN BRIDGES.

Just because you’re physically far from close friends and family doesn’t mean you have to be emotionally distant as well. Yes, they will change, and you will eventually change too. Instead of assuming that you won’t understand each other because of your different experiences and commitments, assume that at the end of the day, you can if you want to.

3. INTEGRATE.

Find groups that pique your interest or volunteer for community events. There are great ways to get to know your new home better, not to mention an excellent way to make new friends. Time flies when you’re having fun, and you’ll feel at home in no time.

Hope this helps.

 

Until next time,

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WanderWoman: Hanoi, Vietnam

 

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Okay, I have to admit. I spent most of my days in Hanoi wandering around cities to cities. Exploring sites, food-hopping from hawkers to hawkers, connecting with people and enjoying the place as it is. During my early days in Hanoi, I stayed in a place called Phúc Yên. It is a small a town in Vĩnh Phúc province that is very close to the Nội Bài airport.

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My departure from NAIA 3 was at 8:00 pm, but due to flight delay, I arrived at Nội Bài airport at half past 2:00 am. I know that Vietnam has a free-Visa pass for Filipinos for 21 days, but since I planned to stay longer, I was required to get a Visa before entering the country.

After getting a well-deserved rest the later that same day, I immediately packed my bags to meet – up with my friend Joy in Hoàn Kiếm. We planned to enjoy the rest of our stay there because it’s the heart of Hanoi and most of the places we want to visit are around the area. The trip from Phúc Yên to Hoàn Kiếm took me about 2 hours via Expressway. As soon as I reached Hanoi Rose Hotel, I settled in and rest for a bit before taking a tour outside.

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We started the day strolling at Hoàn Kiếm Lake. Since the place is in the historical part of Hanoi, why not begin in one of the most scenic spots in the city. The entrance fee cost me about 20K VN Dong or 46php. It was once said that the lake was inhabited by a big turtle bringing safety to the city and prosperity to the people. Although we planned to see different places that day, Joy and I decided to go back to the hotel because I was too tired and not fully recovered from the trips I made for the past 2 days. Here’s a glimpse of our room at Hanoi Rose Hotel.

The room has two beds, one plasma screen TV with cable, fully air-conditioned, has a clean bathroom and WiFi accessible. Also there are drawers and cabinets perfect for our clothes. The room was clean and it smelled really nice. The following morning, there was a complimentary breakfast given to us. Even though I wish there was rice, the free meal was such a delight.

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My first few days in Vietnam went well and I am excited to share more of my experiences on my next WanderWoman blog. Let us talk about streetfood, shopping and public transportation.

 

Until next time,

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WHEN SOMEONE TELLS YOU THEY AREN’T READY FOR A RELATIONSHIP.

When someone tell you they aren’t ready for a relationship…..dfc4adb4d0a5f2ac6da5648d0877b575

JUST BELIEVE THEM.

– I know this may sound stupid, but it is really that simple. This is not a test. It is not some riddle for you to to figure out. Just believe them. There is no hidden meaning.

JUST BELIEVE THEM.

–  Do not take it personally. Do not pout. Do not think that in any way it means that they don’t care about you.

JUST BELIEVE THEM. 

–  Hear them. Take time to listen to them. Appreciate their honesty and understand their own personal struggle.

SOMETIMES IT’S NOT ALWAYS ABOUT YOU…. AND THAT’S OKAY.

 

 

Until next time,

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The Housewife Apprentice: Pinoy Pandesal

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Filipino Bread Roll or commonly known as Pandesal is the most well-loved breakfast staple in every Pinoy household. Think about Soda bread of Ireland or Damper of Australia. This yeast-raised bread is commonly served hot and partnered with coffee.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 1/4 cup whole milk, warmed to 100-105 degrees F
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly whisked
  • bread crumbs

PROCEDURES:

  • Liquefy yeast in warm milk and add 2 tsp of sugar. Mix the ingredients well and wait for 10 minutes until the yeast activated into a foamy texture.
  • In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients — all purpose flour, bread flour, and salt.
  • Add the yeast mixture into the bowl with the mixer. Then add remaining sugar, butter and lightly whisked eggs.
  • On low speed, add the dry ingredients. Once the ingredients were combined, increase speed to medium.
  • Knead until dough comes together to form a smooth ball.
  • Remove the dough from the bowl and transfer to a lightly oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let dough rise at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • After an hour, divide the dough in small equal parts.
  • Roll dough into balls and dip the top of the bread roll into breadcrumbs. Cover dough balls with plastic wrap to prevent dough from drying out. Let the bread rest for 20 mins.
  • Preheat oven to 200 deg C.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until fragrant and golden brown.

Until next time,

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Find a man…

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Find a man who suits you not only physically and mentally but also spiritually. He’s the type of guy that is patient, understanding, kind, compassionate, knows how to compromise and can show you what genuine love is all about. Find a man who knows how to acknowledge the real you despite your flaws and still accept you for who you are. That kind of man who will do everything in his power to motivate you while encouraging you to grow and glow.  And when you are blessed with a man like this, cherish him.