Feb 9, 2016

5 Valentine's Day Ideas for the Single Gals

valentines day
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Valentine's Day is only a few days away (5 if we're counting) and it is a day people are either excited, worried, or indifferent about. More often than not, those who are single at this time of year feel bitter about this particular holiday and a few, though single, are still excited about it. 

I've been single for most of my life; in fact, I had only started celebrating Valentine's Day with a special someone last year (for the curious, yes, my fiancé is my first boyfriend). However, my being single did not deter me from getting excited about Valentine's Day and from wanting to celebrate. I have to be honest though, there were numerous times wherein I wasn't able to celebrate it as I'd really have liked; nevertheless, Valentine's Day still made me happy. 

So with all that said, I want to offer you, readers, some ideas on how you can still celebrate Valentine's Day or as I used to call it, "Single Awareness Day": 

1. Gather All Your Single Friends and Paint the Town Red 

If you don't feel like spending V-Day by yourself, then call all your single friends up and celebrate with them. You can either go on a nice dinner in town, watch a movie (I'm particularly dying to see the movie, "How to be Single"), and afterwards maybe party in a bar/club. You can even end the night with a sleepover party. 

2. Join A Singles Party or a Speed Dating Event 

This is for those who have not yet given up on the idea that "someday their prince will come" and aren't at all uncomfortable with being the one to seek them out. Who knows? You might meet your next love at one of these events. 

3. Stay In, Stock Up on All Your Favorite Food, and Netflix and Chill... By Yourself 

... Or with your single friends, if you prefer. I used to do this most Valentine's Day simply because I'm a broke ass gal. Although instead of having friends over, I had my dogs (4 of them) and we (or I) would binge watch cheesy, romantic movies on my laptop while stuffing my face with chips and chugging down sipping on alcoholic beverage. I had the best time doing this. Like I said, you can always turn this into a potluck slumber party and gather all your friends up in your house, wearing the prettiest or silliest pjs and watch each of your most favorite romantic movies or whatever movie floats your boat or maybe just catch up with each other while playing card games and sipping on wine. 

4. Host an Anti-Valentine's Day Party 

If you're really not into the whole Valentine's Day thing and actually detest the holiday, you can make like Jessica Biel in the movie "Valentine's Day" and host an Anti-Valentine's Day party yourself complete with a big ass heart piñata you can smash to your heart's content. Aaand here's a site to help you organize that Anti-Valentine's Day party. Enjoy! 

5. Pamper Yourself

Show yourself some love and treat yourself to a spa day! If you want nothing more than to relax this Valentine's Day, then what better way to spend it than at the spa. You have the option of either booking a spa appointment for the day only or even better, go on a spa retreat! 

And if all else fails? You can always sleep the day away. 

Feb 8, 2016

An Exciting 2016!

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As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted anything all throughout the month of January. It doesn’t mean I hadn’t had an exciting start to a new year because I actually did. In fact, I had two very exciting things happen to me: one, a month before the new year and the second, a day or two before new year’s eve. I just thought I wouldn’t post anything about them on the month of January when everything was still a little overwhelming and shaky, and I wanted to be a hundred percent sure of what’s currently going on in my life. 

Also, I thought you guys would’ve by then been tired of all the “New Year, New You” and “New Year’s Resolutions” posts that I am guessing have been rampant especially throughout the month of January. I guess what I’m saying is, I just wanted all the excitement to settle down a bit, you know?  

Now that it has, I just want to grab this opportunity to share with my readers my exciting news (I haven’t even announced these big news on my Facebook account because I thought it was so special I couldn’t bear to share it immediately with anyone except really close friends and family).

I am currently pregnant with my first baby! I actually never thought I’d be a mom except during my younger years wherein I really wanted to be a young mom (no, not teen mom. Just young mom). Back then I didn’t really know what I was talking about, but now that I am definitely of age and very much in love with my partner, I can truly say that this pregnancy is a wish come true (for both of us, of course). 

And I’m engaged! It was sweet, funny, and quite unromantic the way my fiancé proposed to me, but I think I’ll keep that story to myself… for now. We have been planning to get married(well, he was. It wasn’t really part of my plan though I DO love him tremendously) ever since the first couple of months of our relationship (he said after 3 years into our relationship he was going to propose, but decided to do it a year early hehe). 

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So those are my two most exciting news for this year and now that you guys know, don’t be surprised if I suddenly start sprinkling this blog with some baby/parenting or married life/household posts. Don’t worry, it will still remain a beauty, style, AND lifestyle blog. I do want to be “yummy mummy” after all. 

Dec 15, 2015

Megan Products I'm Currently Loving

Okay, so this post is looong overdue and I should've done it earlier, but things (crazy things, one of which I consider a wonderful crazy blessing) happened. Okay, so let me backup a bit.

Remember how I raved about the Megan Purifying Nose Pore Strips? Well, I also sent Lifestrong Marketing Inc. an email to commend them on such an awesome product and they were kind enough to send a bag of samples my way. It definitely felt like an early Christmas treat! 

I did a video (my first for this blog) on it and even took loads of photos. Being the first-timer that I am, I tried to edit the video on iMovie, but for some reason, iMovie won't show the video on the Photos file. There were some photos that I have, but none of them were of the video I took. So I looked it up on the internet to see if I could "fix" things and then POOF! It became Coco Crunch! lol, I kid. Seriously though, ALL my photos AND videos are now lost in oblivion. I'm currently using the OS X El Capitan and it has this Photos app, right? I somehow tinkered with it and created a new file/folder without any of the photos I have and when I went back to the original file/folder, everything was gone. Like it just refreshed to a totally blank folder. SO, if any of you can help me, I would REALLY totally appreciate it. 

That said, I had no choice but to create a new video. This time sans my face. Just the products and my voice in the background. 

And here are some of the short reviews I have about the products: 

Megan Hair Spa Nourishing & Straightening

megan hair spa

I normally stay away from products that has the word "straightening" since I'm naturally curly and prefer to stay that way, but I made an exception for this one. It doesn't really straighten your hair as far as I can tell (or maybe it would be a bit impossible to straighten naturally curly hair with just a conditioner or DIY hair spa?), but it does make my hair really smooth and silky. It tamed my otherwise wild hair and I guess that should count for something, right? Plus, it smells so good. Another good thing about this product is that one packet is good for 2 to 3 uses depending on the length of your hair and I have long hair that reaches down to my waist, and I was able to use it 3 or 4 times. Yeah, I have thin hair. All that poof and volume is just an illusion created by the curls. But yeah, if it worked well for me, imagine how effective it will be on straight hair. 

Pretty Secret Ginseng Black Detox Mask

pretty secret face mask

This one has a funky smell that I'm guessing you'll eventually get used to. It's very soothing to the skin and after leaving it on for about 20 minutes, it felt kinda sticky even when I had massaged the remaining essence/residue on my face. Not a deal-breaker though especially since your face feels totally moisturized afterwards and you've nothing else better to do anyway except catch up on some shows on Netflix or something. 

Pretty Secret Charcoal Black Detox Mask

pretty secret face mask

This one is pretty much like the Ginseng face mask, but the smell is more pleasing. Slimy to touch and a little sticky, but cool and soothing to the skin. You also don't have to wash off the remaining residue though you may find that it takes a bit long for it to dry off so you'll definitely want to clear up your schedule for this or opt to apply the mask before going to bed. 

Kustie Cherry Blossom Shower & Bath Gel

kustie cherry blossom shower gel

This is such a fun bath gel! It smells so good and the tiny flower petals inside are such a delight to look at and touch. I've only used this a couple of times therefore I cannot yet say whether the "lightening + brightening" claim on the bottle is indeed true. Aaand I'm already as pale as can be so I don't know if this can get me even fairer though I'd rather not look like I have lost all the blood in me. Lightening and Brightening or not, it wouldn't hurt to have such a fun bath product in your bathroom!

Nov 29, 2015

Borrowing from the Boys

As much as I love getting all dressed up, there are times (okay, most of the time) wherein I just don't have the energy to go through my clothes and carefully put together an ensemble especially when I have nowhere special to go or if it's an impromptu trip. My ordinary day of going out somewhere random would be sticking my head in the closet and pulling out whatever is available... or clean, and usually I don't really like whatever is available so I proceed to go through my brother's or my boyfriend's clothes and choose a tee or button down.

Case in point:

the bohemian doll
shirt: pilfered from my brother's closet; jeans: American Eagle; shoes: Charles & Keith

What I like most about wearing men's clothing is the laid back comfort it brings and that you can style it in a way that looks effortless yet voguish. My favorite items of clothing to steal borrow from my brother or boyfriend's closet are: button-down shirt, tees, and sweaters/hoodies. On a lazy day, I just wear them with jeans or shorts and I'm good to go. But if I wanted to spruce things up a bit, I would style these items of clothing with a pair of heels and/or an eye-catching item like a colourful purse or a kitschy accessory. 

A word of caution though: As much as possible, make sure that the clothes you are borrowing aren't extremely large in size for you; we don't want to look like we're swimming in our clothes, do we? Trust me, it's never a flattering look. If you find that that is the case with your brother/boyfriend/father's clothes, then you're better off buying your own stuff at the men's section instead. 

Nov 16, 2015

Beauty Review: Megan Purifying Nose Pore Strips

Just a quick update: I can finally use my laptop again and even better, upgraded the OS which made transferring photos easy peasy!

This is going to be a short one though since I just really want to share with you guys this AMAZING find. Seriously. Even my brother and boyfriend have turned into believers of this product.  

If you are like me who's always on the lookout for great products especially on the skincare category, then you will absolutely love Megan Purifying Nose Pore Strips. One of my pet peeves is clogged pores, particularly around the nose and chin area. It's very uncomfortable for me and I feel like giving my face a proper scrubbing twice a week is not enough, hence my slight obsession with pore strips. I have tried the ones from Bench, Bioré pore strips, and even a tube of clay mask for the nose that you can peel off once it has dried (I will update this blog once I remember the name of the brand, but it does not really work), and NONE of them gave me as much satisfaction as Megan Purifying Nose Strips did. It took out about 90% of my blackheads/whiteheads and left my nose feeling moisturised, soft, and smooth for almost a week!

Megan Purifying Nose Pore Strips

Megan Purifying Nose Pore Strips

There's an instruction behind the package so please read it carefully before using the nose strips and just a tip: I allow mine to sit for 15 minutes before peeling it off from my nose to get the maximum effect (I just feel more reassured that most of the impurities on my nose will be uprooted if I let it sit longer). I contemplated on including a photo of my used nose strip just to convince you guys how awesome it is, but I didn't wanna gross you out so just take my word for it. 

What are you waiting for?! Go buy them now! (Php50 per pack) 

Oh yeah, so far I've only seen two types of these Megan Purifying Nose Pore Strips: rose extract and witch hazel extract. I have no preference. I love them both. You can find them at Savemore supermarket and Mercury Drugstore. I haven't seen them stocked at any other places.