Hello there! I am so, so, so, sorry if I haven’t been writing as much here lately. If I recall correctly, I remember being adamant about practicing my writing and laying some ~~*groundwork*~~ for it, as far as I’m concerned. In my previous entries, I mentioned doing the writing prompts from Man Repeller’s Writers Club so I can exercise my writing skills for the next three months. Unfortunately, life happened. But then again, this entry is not really all about my struggles with writing, but rather, a general life update of sorts.
Work and Life, In General
- Last month, I decided to quit my job at the advertising agency that I worked for. The advertising industry may be imperfect, but it paved the way for great innovations that would help humanity move forward. The reason why I got interested in advertising was because of my experience with my university’s advertising organization and my senior thesis. I was inspired by a beverage company’s advertising campaigns and how much humanity was brought into them. I wanted to be one of those people who would create those thought-provoking and inspiring campaigns, which is why I joined the advertising/media industry with that purpose. I also wanted to prove myself in a way that I wanted to be able to parlay my creativity and writing skills into something else. As much as I wouldn’t want to go into detail about my experiences at work, my time there was telling me that this industry wasn’t really meant for me, or at least the job that I was doing. It made me realize that I was always a writer (and a reader) and that I shouldn’t give up on them like what I did before. Of course, this decision disappointed my dad, his friends, and even some of my friends, but I realized that this decision would be for my own good more than anything else. Despite everything, I am more than grateful for the mentorship that I’ve received, as well as the friends and acquaintances that I’ve made.
- After quitting my job, I started to learn more things about myself— and I am starting to become more comfortable with truths that I used to be uncomfortable with. One, is that I have to live through the reality that not all the people who love me will be comfortable with my decision to quit my day job and pursue a career path that I’m better suited for. Another truth that I am starting to be comfortable with is the fact that my weirdness need not be tamed just so I can be accepted by other people. People will accept me for who I am anyway, and not on some certain condition or quality.
- On the topic of weirdness, I recently stumbled upon an article on Lenny about accepting one’s weirdness, and dealing with the world’s reaction to it. The article hit close to home for me, in a sense that I was the weird girl, and that my late mother was the one narrating her experiences on how the world reacted to my weirdness back then. I’ve always thought of myself as someone who is a lot different from my peers; I read a lot of books, behaved and processed things differently, and had interests that weren’t really accepted by many. Needless to say, I was almost always the one identified as that back then, to the extent that some of my closest friends felt ashamed of me back in high school.
- But then again, things have gotten better. I guess it comes with maturity and experiencing things beyond your comfort zone. However, what I cannot accept beyond the life of me is that no matter how we encourage and empower others to accept their own uniqueness, we are the same people that still curtail it.
- After I left my job, I decided to get a head start in writing. When the year started, I made it one of my personal goals to actively pursue my writing dreams. Whether it’s by writing regularly on my blog or getting a writing gig, I am down for it. Fortunately, I got contacted to write for Philihappy, which is an online magazine. The stuff that I’ve been writing for them is a happy mix of beauty and entertainment articles, but I will be branching out to more topics soon. The platform is a great place to learn more about the Philippines and see its beauty. You can read my stuff here, but do check out the articles of the other contributors there too! I’m glad to be contributing for them, and I am beyond excited to grow with them too.
- Now that I am doing contributor work for Philihappy, what will I do with this blog? I realized that I only post here when I feel like it, and I’ve been apologizing profusely every time I fail to do so. However, I was able to contribute 10 articles in March and April for Philihappy, which just shows that if I commit to something, then I can do it. I should do more or less the same thing with my blog too, by writing at least 1 entry per week.
- Another personal goal that I’ve made this year was to read more books. I made this goal as an attempt to improve my processing and reading comprehension skills, because my attention span has become really, really short, and I’ve had a processing problem that I never really knew about. Aside from these reasons, I’ve always known that reading more gives a sense of accomplishment, especially during this day and age.
- I mentioned in a previous entry that I was able to read four books last January and February. Last month, I wasn’t able to finish a book because, well, life happened. (Hector and the Search for Happiness was supposed to be my book of the month last March) However, I’m happy to say that I’m back to doing some reading again. This month, I’ve decided to read Francois Lelord’s Hector and the Search for Happiness and Lisandro Claudio’s Basagan ng Trip. So far, I’ve been enjoying Basagan ng Trip quite a lot.
- Aside from books, I’ve also been spending an inordinate amount of time reading articles from online magazines (and other websites), such as Rookie and Lenny. I do like reading Rookie more though because the content feels more empowering to read, but both publications are great nonetheless.
And that’s it for some life updates! I will check in again in a few days to write about certain things. It feels great again to write and do the things that I’ve always wanted to do, even if this feeling will not last for a very long time. However, I still remain optimistic that I will continue to love writing.
Apologies for not updating my blog, since the past month has been quite turbulent. I’m starting to get into the swing of things again, so allow me to kick things off with a beauty post! While some of my favorites have been consistent from last July, I’ve added new products in my roster because I’ve been trying out new products left and right. Here’s a list of the beauty products that I’ve been loving so far, ranging from shampoo to lipsticks:
- Dove Daily Hair Vitamins – I’m still thinking that this thing is made from unicorns because it repaired my dry, damaged hair. My hair is now a lot more manageable than before and I would like to thank the hair vitamins for that.
- Pantene 3-Minute Miracle Color and Perm Lasting Care Conditioner – This is a very new addition to my hair care routine (I’ve been using this since last week, by the way)! I dyed my hair recently, and using a color-safe conditioner has helped reduce the damage in my hair.
- Head and Shoulders Apple Fresh Shampoo – Best!! Shampoo!!! Ever!!!! And it smells good too.
- Biore Micellar Cleansing Water – Sometimes, makeup remover wipes just don’t cut it. If you have thick foundation and waterproof mascara, you need a makeup remover that removes everything. This makeup remover just does that, and the formulation is gentle enough to not dry your skin out.
- Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate – This facial oil is so good! Although I find the smell of this a bit cloying, I can get past that because it’s so effective. It has calmed my irritated, sensitive skin, and it has tamed my acne scars too. It’s quite sad that I only have a sample of this 😦
- Olay Natural White All-In-One Fairness Day Cream with SPF 24 – This is my favorite day cream/sunscreen. Not only it hydrates the skin and gives enough sun protection for my face, it also lightens dark spots too!
- Clean and Clear Active Marks Acne Cleanser – I like this facial wash because it’s very effective yet very gently. Not only does it zap pimples and other impurities, it also has a calming effect on your skin too.
- Pond’s Flawless White BB Cream in Beige – This BB cream is still my favorite base product. It’s a good match for my skin tone, and it doesn’t irritate my skin because of its skincare ingredients. It also has good coverage too! But despite its benefits, I’m still frustrated that this BB cream only comes in two shades. Come on, Pond’s, give girls more shade options for your BB cream!!!
- MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW30 – This is one of the best concealers that I’ve tried. It’s a very good match for my skin tone, and it’s great at spot concealing and tone-correcting. It’s also long-lasting as well. My only problems with this concealer are that the MAC stores here in the Manila have a limited color selection…and it can be a bit of a pain to apply.
- Revlon Colorstay Concealer in Medium – Another very good concealer! This is a great overall concealer, but I find this concealer a bit grey-toned at times. Maybe it’s because this concealer a bit light for my skin tone, but I’ll find a way to work around it.
- L’Oreal True Match Concealer in W4-5 Light to Medium – I’m obviously a concealer lover, and this is the best concealer that I have tried. Shade-wise, this is the lovechild of my MAC Studio Finish and my Revlon concealers. Formula-wise, it’s very easy to work with, and it’s long-lasting too.
- Maybelline Color Tattoo Leather Cream Eyeshadow in Creamy Beige – I’m not an eye shadow girl, but if I were to use an eye shadow for the rest of my life, it would be this. It’s a dupe for MAC’s Paint Pot in Groundwork, which is a popular neutral eye shadow in the beauty community! It’s a bit hard to work with, but I can get on with it because the color is just so nice.
- Essence Silky Touch Blushes in Natural Beauty and Adorable- I’m not a big blush person, but these blushes are great if you want to look healthy and fresh. These blush colors are flattering for different skin tones too! Natural Beauty is great if you want to enhance your ~~*natural glow*~~, while Adorable is the blush that you use if you don’t want to look dead. It’s great that these blushes are affordable too!
- Maybelline Hypercurl Mascara – This mascara has trumped my Majolica Majorca mascara because of its staying power. While the Majolica Majorca mascara lengthens and expands my lashes, I like this mascara more because it volumizes and curls my lashes really well, while still looking natural. In addition, this mascara does not leave disgusting residue under my eyes, lol. However, I tried combining my Majolica Majorca and my Hypercurl mascaras and my lashes looked like I had falsies! But concoctions aside, this mascara is great by itself.
- Clinique Chubby Stick Baby Tint in Budding Blossom – Best tinted lip balm/lipstick ever! This product is perfect for lazy days, and it wears nicely on the lips. The downside to this is that it’s expensive, but it’s so good. I love Clinique’s Chubby Stick lip colour balms, and this one is no exception. Maybe I’ll get Coming Up Rosy soon.
- Maybelline ColorSensational The Creamy Mattes in Touch of Spice – I’m not going to lie that I thought that this lip color was a little too dark for me. However, after several tries, this lipstick has become one of my favorite lipsticks in my arsenal. It’s comfortable and long-lasting, and it smells like vanilla cookies. Haha.
- MAC Amplified Lipstick in Cosmo – This is one of my most-worn lipsticks. It’s a nice, flattering shade for everyday use, and it’s comfortable to wear. Staying power is pretty decent too.
- NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Tonkin – I previously mentioned in a blog entry that this was my favorite lipstick of all time because it’s my holy grail MLBB. It still is a favorite, but the title of “Favorite Lipstick Of All Time” has become the NARS Audacious lipsticks. The color is just perfect for almost every occasion, and the staying power is pretty great too, given the matte formula.
- NARS Audacious Lipsticks in Julie and Vanessa- These lipsticks have usurped my NARS Tonkin as my favorite lipstick of all time. Julie is the perfect peachy nude lipstick for me, while Vanessa is an elevated version of Happy Skin’s The Morning After (which is my one true lipstick love). Both lipsticks are great shades, and the formula of these lipsticks are a lipstick lover’s dream because they are very pigmented. Not to mention, these lipsticks last well on me too.
Anyway, these are all my current beauty favorites. I don’t really have a lot to say after listing them all down, but these products have done me good over the past several months.