Friday, August 31, 2012

Thanksgiving Weekend

Hello everyone! I know, I know I am always late when it comes to posting! -__-

This was supposed to be posted right after my Thanksgiving posts here, here and here.

Unfortunately... I FORGOT TO POST IT!!! TT___TT

Anyway... this is only a random post... Just sharing how my Thanksgiving weekend went... ^__^

FRIDAY, July 20, 2012

 Me2Day! The Korean Version on Twitter.

If you love 2NE1 and other K-Pop stars, join now! I am not that active there, but feel free to add me! ^__^

 White coffee... Nothing (except my hubby, of course!) No other food or beverage cheers up my day but a cup of dreamy white coffee!!! ^__^

*LOL at the strikethroughs! Of course, hubby is my source of inspiration and joy and a lot of things can cheer my gloomy day! Hahaha! But a cup of coffee fires up and activates my hyper-mode!!! =D


SATURDAY, July 21, 2012

Our 77th Couple Monthsary!

Yes, we still count that! =D


 It was quite a rainy Saturday but the hubby and I braved the rains and floods with...

 Boots! Hehehe...

 Jagi's Style! Hehehe...

My feet are sensitive to murky waters. I remember, way back in college, I would get high fever only because of that. As far as I could recall, the condition is called Erysipelas, although I could also recall my doctor call it Cellulitis


So far, I am glad that it doesn't recur lately... =)


Got addicted to Zagu's Pearl Milk Tea... bought it for two consecutive days that caused me slight sore throat the next week! =D

Bought personal stuff
I needed Kojic soap to lighten the insect bite marks on my arms. Click on the link for my review on Garnier Pure Active Multi-Action Scrub.


SUNDAY, July 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Day

Well, this is when I attended church... =)

Then, hubby and I headed to SM Save More to buy stuff for our lunch.. 

Another GRANDE size Zagu Pearl Milk Tea... See? I told you! =D

What hubby had been to... I've been really craving for Macaroni and Cheese... =D

Me and my nephew... He likes being hugged to sleep... =D

He really looks like my hubby! Hahaha!!!

Hubby doing his (cheese) magic! 

Praying that I like his new experiment... hahaha!!! =D

Okay, serious now...

The outcome...

It was a trial but so far, it's good! I wanna make my own version of it soon! =D


Whew! Writing this post made me hungry! Hahaha! I still have a turon (Banana Spring Roll) beside me, so, I'll devour it after this class (Yeah, I'm finishing this post while having a class). =D


Do you cook? How about your bf/hubby? Do they also cook? Do you have a fool-proof, no-bake Mac and Cheese recipe?


I'm done with my students' monthly reports so now, I am free to face my backlogs! Watch out!!! ^__^


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Monday, August 27, 2012

Just Got Lucky Series: Asian Secrets Gift Pack


I won this from Ms. Liz's Valentine Day Giveaway. It was only recently that my hubby was able to pick it up. I'm glad the people at Asian Secrets are nice enough to accommodate him. =)


Let's take a peek on what's inside the goody bag!!! ^__^



Asian Secrets Bengkoang Indonesian Whitening Soap with Natural Antiseptic Betel Extract

 Asian Secrets Bengkoang Indonesian Whitening Soap with Moisturizing Olive Oil

Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Body Scrub with Licorice and Mulberry Leaf Extract


Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Body Scrub with Seaweed Extract and Vitamin E


 Asian Secrets Lulur Indonesian Whitening Body Scrub with Green Tea and Vitamin E


Hubby and I have indulged in the first tub already. I shall be writing about that soon. =)


Have you tried products from Asian Secrets? If so, what are your thoughts about it?


I hope to be able to post my backlogs before the month ends! Aja!!! ^__^


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My Skin Care: History and Current Routine


How are you today? It sure was one crazy week for every one! I guess you are all enjoying your long weekend. =D

As for me, I don't know *sarcastic tone* what that is! Hahaha!!! In our industry, we follow Korean Holidays. So, while you are chillin' out, I am still here, in front of my computer, teaching language, grammar, pronunciation, etc. to my Korean students. =)


Anyway, I just thought about sharing with you my skin care routine. To tell you the truth, I am a late bloomer when it comes to skin care. I used to be scared of using creams and stuff on my face, although I see my grandmother and other relatives use various kinds of skin care products while I was growing up with them. I used to think that I was "too young" for such stuff.


HISTORY

The only skin care "routine" that I lived by until I started working was, just cleanse. Yes, ONLY cleanse. I would occasionally try out some stuff like honey mask but not in a regular basis. I used to be scared of using toners for other people (like my mom) think that it'll burn my skin. As for creams, moisturizers and other products that provide moisture (and eventually leave a heavy feel), I wasn't that enthusiastic in trying them out because I thought I didn't need them. =D


My eyes were only peeled open when I started watching Michelle Phan's videos, started collecting Cosmopolitan magazines and grew my love for cosmetics. I learned from Michelle Phan that skin care should never be skipped. That is, if you wanted to have better looking skin when you get older. At that time, I was nearing my mid-20's. And reading about growing wrinkles at that age bracket, I have been interested on how to keep my skin wrinkle-free. Besides, it was also the dawn of my discovery for the beauty of Koreans' skin. I was very amazed at how nice looking their skin is.


My journey started there. Since I loved makeup, all I ever cared for was to be able to remove my makeup thoroughly. While my sister-in-law could sleep with her makeup on, I hate not washing my face before going to bed. I am bothered about what stuff are lying on my face - dirt, makeup and other microbes that could cause mishap on my skin. I would wash my face twice or use a citrus smelling cleansing balm (from iWhite Korea) to remove my makeup. I always want to sleep with fresh, squeaky clean skin. ^__^


However, I still don't use toners. In as much as I wanted to have clear skin, I still shied away from toners. Then, I started looking for moisturizers and road tested some drugstore products. =D



LIFE WITH PCOS

It was only a couple of years ago that I started breaking out badly. I suspect it is due to my PCOS. A few months before my breakout, the doctor gave me low dose birth control pills that helped well in keeping my menstruation regular and my skin tamed. As far as I have researched, those low dose pills are called "beauty pills" mainly because they regulate the hormones, making the skin acne free. Even before the acne flare out, my skin was okay and my officemates would compliment on it. What more when I used the low dose birth control pills! My skin was really good that time. Mind you, it's my first time taking contraceptives and I couldn't believe that I will be needing them. After three months, I stopped taking them, since the doctor advised me to take it for only three months. For some reasons, I didn't return to see the OB-Gyne again.


The following months without the contraceptives has made my body change. My period became irregular more than ever, missing two to three months the worst. My cravings made me gain weight (which some of my friends and relatives found nice) and worse, worse, worse of all, breakouts pop out often, never giving my skin a break. It's okay if they're the normal kind of zit - but then, they are painful, cystic ones. I knew I mustn't worry much, because stress will just worsen it. But I can't help it! My wedding was only a few months away! =(


I decided scouring for products that would help me alleviate the breakouts. I also decided to upgrade my skincare regimen to be able to be really prepared for my big day. I was hoping to have perfect, smooth skin on my big day. Read here on what I did a few months before my wedding. I even had to go back to basics! Sadly, on the day of my wedding, I had to endure walking the aisle with a couple of zits that appeared on the morning of my big day! TT__TT

The bride (with her zits)

It was a huge fail, but I'm glad that my makeup artist was able to cover up those ill-behaved zits! =D


Since then, I've always been in search of how to deal with my pesky breakouts.


So far, the regimen below has helped in taming the "shrew". =D


Morning

1. Garnier Pure Active Multi-Action Scrub (Review here.)
     I would wash my face with this and leave it on while I bathe.



2. Korean Moisturizers (Samples from the prizes I previously got from my winnings.) and Nivea Visage Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Day Cream (Review here.)
     Yes, yes, I don't have the toner part. =D Well, I tried using a House of Obagi Toner but I ran out of it and I haven't found a good toner out there. Any recommendations? 
     So, I immediately move on to moisturizing. =D I used up my Korean moisturizers as I don't want them to expire and go to waste. So far, Korean moisturizers work for me. =)



3. Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm (Review here.)
     Lips need some lovin' too! Do you know that there was a point in my life that I got addicted to this lip balm that I apply it after every class? Yes, I did! That was every 25 minutes! =D Good thing this baby lasted me a few months. =D



4. Garnier Anti-Perfections Roll On (Review here.)
     I only apply this when I have zits. =)



Evening


1. Garnier Pure Active Multi-Action Scrub
     Yes. I always feel the need to wash my face before going to bed. I can't stand feeling sticky and grimy. I want to feel fresh before hitting the sack! =D

2. Krave Minerale Panacea Olio Nutriente (Review here.)
     This is my evening elixir. Read on my review to know more on how I started using it. =)



3. Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm
     I want to have soft and kissable lips when I wake up in the morning.  Plus point when waking up hubby with kisses! =D


Here's a visual on how my evening regimen goes...

Step 1:
I wash my face with  Garnier Pure Active Multi-Action Scrub. I make a good lather and look like this:
Awooo.... =D




I don't use a towel. I let my face dry on its own. =)


Step 2:
I apply Krave Minerale Panacea Olio Nutriente in massaging and finger tapping motions.




Step 3:
Next, I swipe on Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm. =)





Step 4:
I use Garnier Anti-Perfections Roll On when there's a zit or two. =)


There! Some parts of the usual skin care routine might be missing, but I am glad it works for me. I will update you soon as I change it or update it. You might find my routine lacking, but I am taking baby steps in creating my own routine. So far, I am researching on Asian skin care. =)


How do you do your skin care routine? How did you start?


If you have tips for me and my PCOS? Any product recommendations for a skincare noob like me? =D


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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sleepy Head Testing Windows Live Writer


Been awake since 3:30 am. *Yawn*!

I am just testing this Windows Live Writer on my lappie. I only learned about it through Sam of Dishysammy. I searched on it and I just found out that I have it installed on my lappie! Gosh! What other programs do I have in my Hyun-Ae? I better check my files soon and clean her up! =D

I got a lot of backlogs now. I have to start working on them. Aja!!! ^__^

But first… SLEEP! I need sleep to survive my classes. See you later!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Firmoo Plano Glasses Review



Hello! I'm slowly working on my backlogs. Yay! ^__^


Today, I shall be reviewing my cutesy Firmoo glasses which I won from the pretty Ms. Jannah. ^__^




I've always been curious about the feeling of wearing glasses. Silly, but I used to think that wearing glasses is associated with being nerdy... You know, reading lots of books and all the nerdy stuff makes a person's vision bad. =D


But not anymore! The use of eye glasses have already entered the fashion scene, making its way in various forms. Long ago, people would only wear them to help them and improve their vision. Now, they are worn for many purposes. 



Sick lady going to church... =D

Trying to look normal despite illness. Thanks to the glasses, they help cover up my bare face! =D

In my case, I got hyped by wearing glasses when I started working in the office. I felt that my eyes were dried and stinging most of the time and caused me headache. My vision is still okay, so, I thought of buying a cheap pair of plano glasses to protect my eyes from the computer's bright screen and radiation.


What are "plano glasses"?
Plano glasses are non-prescription glasses, meaning they don't have any correction at all. They help protect the eyes from drying up, wind, draft and other foreign substances. What's best about it is, you can wear fashionable pieces. You can choose from a wide array of frames 




What I love about it...
  • Cute! The design makes me want to make pa-cute all the time.  Makes me look so young!  =D
  • I can wear this when I don't want to wear makeup. It helps cover some of my imperfections like acne marks (on my cheeks) and my dark circles. =D
  • Since I picked one with black frames, I could wear it with almost any outfit! I could look like a "strict" teacher (Ms. Tapia? >__<), an ulzzang, casual style, formal style... name it, you got it! =D
  • It helps protect my eyes from the harsh rays of the sun, dusts and other things that could directly harm my peepers and more importantly, the bright computer screen. I work in front of the PC all the time so I need to protect my favorite part of my face. =)
  • The glasses include a case, a pouch and a set of small screw drivers on a keychain ring, just in case you need a little tweaking on your glasses. Oh! And it also has a soft cloth for cleaning the lenses! =)
  • Free shipping. They shipped it all the way from Nanjing, China. =)


What I don't love about it...
  • The hard case was deformed. Probably it was damaged during the shipping. But it was wrapped in a bubble wrap and the bag that contained it was also lined with bubble wrap.
  • It slides off. It falls down my face. I am not flat-nosed for that to happen. I tried adjusting the frames so it would fit perfectly but it is still loose and falls from my nose. =(
  • It leaves red marks on the sides of my nose.



Price:
     It costs $25 but I got it for free as a prize from Ms. Jannah's giveaway. Unfortunately, if you're interested with the same design, this frame is being phased out by the manufacturer/designer.


Where to buy?
You can purchase it at the Firmoo website. Click this link to shop! Check out their offers, too! ^__^


Whom would I recommend this to?
Eyeglasses are fun statement pieces, aside from its usual use of protecting the eyes and helps give a better vision. In this case, plano glasses are perfect for people who want to protect their eyes in a fun and casual way. ^__^


Rating:

3.5 out of 5
Not bad. I like how cute and helpful it is but I wish the quality is way better. =)


Photos:






Tips:
  • Keep your glasses scratch-free. Put them in the case when not in use.
  • Sanitize your glasses to prevent bacteria from invading your eyes as well as your skin. It all boils down to keeping your glasses clean to really help protect your eyes from damage. =) 
  • Wash the cloth that comes with the glasses to keep it clean.



So there, that's my two cents regarding my Firmoo glasses. What do you think? ^__^


Let me end my post with my little sis-in-law's cutie patootie photos! =D



Do you like wearing eye glasses? How do you wear them?


To the people who greeted me yesterday, thank you so much!!! ^__^


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