Saturday, August 12, 2017

Beauty Finds

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.

Of course, it would immensely help someone's self-esteem if that beauty will be highlighted with the stuff that the world is offering. I discovered a number of beauty stuff online and I thought, "wow, this is interesting," or "sure, that is something that I will buy for myself."

The first one that really appealed to me was one of the limited shades of Laneige Two Tone Shadow Bar. There are two limited shades offered but I prefer the one called as Smoky Dust. It is your classic shade of dark brown with champagne shadow. I am not really into eyeshadow application because I wear contact lens and most of the time, I end up irritating my eyes. I may change my mind to acquire this product for it surely enchants me. Okay, I attribute that last sentence to the description given to these eyeshadow sticks for they are released under the Milky Way Fantasy Collection.
image courtesy from Laneige homepage

Another interesting beauty product that sounds so appealing is the Esfolio 2 Step Multi Oil Peeling & Cleanser. It is a functional cleanser that works two ways: it can be used as make-up remover and peels off old sebum and dead skin cells. I am not just sure if how the "peeling" happens but for practicality, make sure you use this when you do not have plans to go out. 😊

image courtesy from Esfolio homepage

The last beauty product that I came across was Benefit Cosmetics' Galifornia Box O' Powder Blush. This beauty brand has been offering a lot of bestsellers with their amazing design. This particular powder blush comes in a box with an admirable artwork print. With a golden pink powder blush and a cute blush brush and with a mirror to boot, I really would like to have this in my purse!

image courtesy from Benefit Cosmetics homepage

I took note of these to-own beauty products while I was in Manila. I did not have time to traipse around the city during my last vacation because of my mom's operation and other in-between important errands. I wonder if they are all available here in Qatar.

Next time you think of beautiful things, do not forget to count yourself in. --- Unknown

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Relax and Let Go

This blog is an on-and-off affair with me. I have tried so many times to leave this particular space and yet, I still find myself being led back to it. In fact, I have created a couple of online lair at Wordpress and the last one was here in Blogger.

I have neglected writing for more than a decade. There were snippets and random postings but the mojo was simply elusive. Facebook and Instagram were my main outlet but the desire to write more was palpable as the days go by.

Later on, I realized that I really do not want to leave this blog because my previous life was consolidated here. I sounds so "boxed." Can you blame the mind of an "organized" (in a way, I will describe myself like that) person? 😀

The years have been very kind and generous to me. I thank God for those wonderful blessings. I have a loving and generous husband and a son (not-so-little anymore) who fills my day with happiness and insanity. 💕 My parents are together back home and I just pray that they live long enough for all of us to be together in one place, celebrate milestones. To my Mama, get well soon. Please pray for her to get her strength back. 🙏 To Papa, you are silent but you have been a rock of hope. 💓 My two siblings also have their own families now. All of us live miles away from each other. There are times that things get tough but I believe that God has a purpose for everything. 

As I grow older (and hopefully wiser), I have let go of people who proved to be toxic in life. So-called friends have been disregarded for they bring me nothing but sadness. I have also "given away" the link that bind me to kinship (one or two of them), figuratively. My logic is that people are old enough to understand actions and doing the same thing over and over again is simply exhausting for those people involved. Somebody close to me remarked that I am just holding a grudge. Probably. If I am holding a grudge, it only means that I still care, right? Honestly, I want to believe that I do not.

I still love to read books and drink coffee. Nothing would ever changed that. When it comes to food, I have taught myself to cook dishes that caught my fancy (rather my palate). I also tried baking and oh, boy, sweet things were always happening in the oven. It does not really help when you are trying to shed a few pounds. 😂

Literally, I am at a certain point in my life that I want to do more with my time. I have read somewhere that if you want something to change, you have to grab life by the horns and ride it, even it tries to throw you. 

So good luck to me and hopefully, change will come.