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10 Most Important Life Lessons I’ve Learned While In My 20s

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  1. Goals take time to complete. You’re not supposed to accomplish everything in an instant. What you do and what you want to do can fall into place when the timing is perfect. Time is your best asset.
  2. You don’t really know what you’re doing. Just have fun and never be afraid to fail. Life is about learning through experience. Fail often. Learn something new everyday. Be a good loser and then be a good winner. Then apply what your learned.
  3. Look people in the eye. It is essential to have the ability to give eye contact to someone as they speak. People nowadays tend to break their gaze during a conversation because of their phones. Giving someone a complete and undivided attention can make them feel important and respected.
  4. Sometimes it’s okay to give people second chances but not third. Sometimes second chances teach us that sometimes we can misjudge others. Our mistaken judgments occur when we are blinded by other’s flaws. However, a giving third chance for the same reason is often unacceptable. A person might have been complacent in doing something wrong because they have the idea of you forgiving them.
  5. Stay away from toxic people. Toxic people can sometimes sabotage your goal to self-improvement. Detach yourself with them and be with the people who values you as a person. It is a process but it can be done.
  6. Stay humble and kind. It is rewarding to stay grounded and surpassing someone’s ego. Although confidence is essential, humility and kindness is of the same importance. Remain true to your roots and of course, to yourself.
  7. Keep secrets. Life is more interesting when there’s mystery involved. You can’t just have an open book kind of life where anyone can know anything about you. Sometimes things must be kept to ourselves in order to have the sense of privacy and individuality.
  8. If you’re wrong, say sorry. Admitting that you committed a mistake is a kind of bravery that leads to self improvement. Apologizing validates the other person’s feelings and acknowledging the flaw you made or your role in a certain issue.
  9. Laugh. Aside from the medical benefits of laughing, one of the main reasons why I encourage people to laugh is for the simple reason of making them happy. Happiness suggests a deep importance to everyone. It helps us get by when things get rough. It is also a form of a universal communication that binds people everywhere.
  10. Always pray and be grateful. When things get rough, pray. When things are good, pray even more. We are blessed to witness everyday with open arms. It is essential that we express gratitude for all the answered prayers we received. It only takes few minutes of our time but the impact is huge and rewarding.

 

Until next time,

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Things I Do Before Bedtime

I always look forward to bedtime. Everyone does. Right? And to be honest, after a long day at work, sleeping is the best remedy for my tired body. I sleep during the day since my shift starts at midnight. It’s not that easy you know. Scorching heat. Too much light. 5 hours straight of undisturbed sleep is rewarding.

 

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Take a shower:  I am taking the public transportation to and from work. It is obviously cheaper plus not much prone to Manila traffic. However, riding an open air jeep or tricycle can expose you to dust and dirt. So after I got home, I rest for 5 minutes while getting ready to hit the showers. I remove my makeup, have a quick bath and rinse. Refreshing.

Connect with loved ones: Since I’ve been living far from my family, I always make it a point that I talk to them whenever I have my free time. I send them sms or talk to them through Facebook. Also, a short video call always make a huge difference. The sadness of being alone subsides.

Check all my social media: Before hitting the sack, I try to check my social media for any updates, doggy videos and other cool and random stuff. I also visit Youtube to check if there are new videos from my subscriptions. I love BubzBeauty, ItsJudysLife and other Filipina Youtubers.

Plug-in my ASMR videos: I am sleeping during the day so I find it hard to catch my zzzz easily. One of the hacks I discovered for myself is that I am a slave for ASMR. Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is a term used to describe an experience brought by unusual tingling sensation from ordinary objects. It usually starts with the scalp, then neck and upper spine. I find the experience very satisfying.

Be Thankful: Before you close your eyes, take a minute to say a prayer of gratitude. Thank the Lord for all the blessings you have received for that day. Remember all the good and the bad and what you learned from it. The ultimate reward out of everyday is the fact that you’ve survived another life with your loved ones. Such a huge blessing.

What’s your bedtime routine?

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Current TV Show Favorites.

Since my work schedule is at night, I seldom find time to catch up on the latest shows here in the Philippines and abroad. I always find myself depending on Netflix and some suggestions from my colleagues. I am not into TV series before, but because of the need to relate with my friends, I was somehow forced to join the realm of binge watchers.

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Riverdale: Back when I was a kid,  I am really into Archie comics. I always make it a point that my dad would buy me a copy so I can read it before going to bed. When I heard about the series, I thought that the plot will be the same as the ones they have on the comics. However, it’s different.  Different but in a way that I love. My attachment for mystery and crime solving shows ignited. The whole season was like an episode of CSI.

13 Reasons Why: I am encouraging everyone to see this. The series mirrored the effects of teenage peer pressure and bullying. This is real and is happening everyday. I know the story is kind of sad and frustrating but at the same time, it educates people on how to handle such situation.

Game of Thrones: The very popular and most talked about HBO show nowadays. I am such an avid fan of this series. Everything is intense and unpredictable. The plot intensifies every season and it made my Monday worth looking forward to. Currently the show is now halfway through the 7th season. Winter is coming.

Lucifer: I know. I know. From the title itself, this series is raising eyebrows everywhere. But don’t get me wrong, the reason why I love this show is the fact that it deals with crime scene investigation. Yes. I guess you know by now how fascinated I am in solving mysteries. I love forensic science and this show hits me.

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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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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.

 

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What’s inside my make up bag

Happy Monday, everyone! ❤

Today is such a chill day and I am enjoying my time at home. To do something productive, let me just share with you everything that’s inside my everyday make-up bag.

Huuuuge DISCLAIMER right here: I am not a professional make up artist and tbh, I don’t know a lot about make up. However, I find joy in dolling up myself up with all the things that I have right here.

I also included the name of the stores / websites in case you want to purchase the products below.


Quick FX No-Shine Mattifier (Watson’s) ₱99.00

Beauty Treats Eyeshadow Palette (Dollar Store, Market Market) ₱300.00

Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow in 3 Medium (Sephora) ₱2,900.00

Cargo Eyeshadow Pot in Roadshow (Cargo Cosmetics) ₱800.00

EB Matte Bullet Lipstick in Mirrored Mocha (Watson’s or any Department Stores) ₱160.00

USANA Deeply Nourishing Lip Moisturizer (via USANA rep.)

They’re REAL Beyond Mascara (Sephora₱1,900.00

Maybelline Clearsmooth All-In-One Two-way cake in 02 Nude Beige (Maybelline Kiosks, Watson’s or any Department Stores) ₱169.00

Skin Sensation Lip N Cheek Tint in Ruby (Skin Sensation₱149.00

Mary Kay Concealer in Jaune • They’re REAL Make up Remover (Sephora₱1,100.00

Maybelline Color Show Blush in Fresh Coral (Maybelline Kiosks, Watson’s or any Department Stores) ₱149.00

Nivea Moisturizing Creme (Watson’s or any Department Stores) ₱169.00

They’re REAL Push-up Liner (Sephora₱700.00

• Travel Nail clipper from Korea

 

Much love,

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