Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Married Life Decoded + A Random Video

Greetings of warm sunshine from this side of the earth. Now, I am back with a little different content. I realized that this year is already my fifth year of being married and it has been getting better as each time passes by. Let's cite the ways how to make marriage long lasting and fun at the same time.

A. My Random Video with Hubby + Family Lunch

B.Ways How to Make Marriage Long Lasting ( at least in my experience)
1. Learn To Appreciate.
This is always a game changer. There are tons of ways to show your appreciation to one another. You may hug, kiss, tap his back for a good job done, write short notes and call and text him if you can. It's the THOUGHT that counts that is always valued. Appreciating one another means it's that great reminder and a good motivation to be better.

2. Say Thank You.
Another sweet gesture like saying thank you means a lot already. It shows a good affirmation of one's effort and in effect makes your partner feels good about himself. A good feeling always attracts good things that you, his partner will also benefit from it. :)

3. Take Care of Yourself.
Sounds weird but it does help. It's not really more on the physical appearance alone. Taking care of one's self means you are aware of maintaining your cleanliness, hygiene, grooming and the list goes on. Remember, it always feels good if you hear praises from your partner that you look good or even better. Taking care of each is very helpful that you both continue to nurture and help each each step of the way.

4. Have Relationships Outside of Marriage
Yes to this. It's always important to maintain these kind of relationships to keep your individuality. You may constantly meet your BFF, club members perhaps and even your close co-workers. Doing this way, when you go back home and sit down together, you'll have many topics to share and eventually it makes your own relationship more interesting and not dull or boring.

5. Be Honest.
Honesty is always the best policy. We all know this proverb since birth, right? Also, it applies to any kind of relationships too. If honesty is being practiced, the relationship gets real and secured. Plus, you have this assurance that the relationship is intact, and transparent.

6. Watch Your Words.
Words may sound simple but they're more painful in the long run especially if the meaning  is quite bad and offensive. It's always better to filter what you want to say, think of the intentions before spilling the beans and just practice the virtue of being tactful. 

7. Try Something New Together
Amen to this. Doing something new together always feels exciting and novel. It pushes the couple to be daring, adventurous and even creative. You may try new sports and hobbies perhaps and also travel to new destinations if you can. 

8. Be Kind.
It may sound simple but kindness these days is somehow forgotten and overlooked even. Kindness teaches anyone to do good and see the goodness in the people without hidden intentions whatsoever. Being kind in the relationship teaches you to think of your partner's benefit first before yourself. It also means being kind with your words, affection, time and effort towards your partner.

9. Have Realistic Expectations.
Yes to this. Realistic expectations always look better and achievable especially if you make and plan these together. Instead of having your own expectations, why not tell them to your partner and talk about them directly. Brainstorm if you must and compromise. It's always better when there are two heads in a situation actually. That way life gets better.

10. Constant Communication
Communication is one big factor to make any kind of relationship work and prosper. It always bridges the gap, makes the relationship fun and authentic and in return you spend quality time together as an effect. If possible, try to sit down together and just talk. You'll be surprised there are hundreds of topics / ideas  that you need to discover and learn about each other when you keep this constant communication.

That concludes it. How about you? Know that these ways may work for me but not for others. Just in case you're wondering, I've been married for 5 years but still have no kids so we may be a special case I believe. Anyhow, thanks for visiting my blog. Have a good day ahead guys. Take care and choose to love with all of your heart.

--- Belle

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Unboxing of Skincare Products and Clothing Items + Video Included

Hello new month. How's your month of April guys? What are your summer plans? Anyhow, I have here my recent unboxing of my favorite skin care products and also I did include some random clothing pieces that would fit any summer outing I believe. Let's go down to business and start this haul.

My Unboxing Video : Haul + Random Impressions

PART ONE : Skin Care Products from Althea

Gift Set Name : Onsaemeein Skin Wonderland Set
Gift Set's Price is only P 1,120.

1. Milky Whitening Soft Cream

Individual Price : P 390
Original Price : P1120
Function : It's a good base makeup that makes your skin soft, moisturized and brighter instantly.

2. Galactomyces 100%  Natural Face Serum
Individual Price :  P 420
Original Price : P 730
Function :  It's a good base toner that improves your skin's texture and elasticity. This is a good serum to restore your skin's overall appearance inside out.

3. Perfect Moisture Cream

Individual Price : P 340
Original Price : P 730
Function : This is a good light cream that also acts as a primer. It has whitening and  moisturizing effects and at the same time it improves your skin's elasticity.
My Review about this product HERE

4. Magic Solution Skin Powder

Individual Price : P 420
Original Price : P 1600
Function : This is good for treating troubled skin like acne and pimples. It soothes and protects the skin. At the same time, it removes dead skin cells, dissolves the sebum in the pores and prevents further skin irritation.

5. Yogurt Peeling Gel

Individual Price : P 370
Original Price : P 890
Function : This softly and gently removes dead skin cells to improve your overall skin tone and texture immediately.
My Review about this peeling gel can be seen HERE

FREEBIE : Althea Petal Velvet Powder in Translucent

Price : P 210
Function : It's a translucent powder that sets our makeup and gives a silky finish. It controls the shine on the face giving us a fresh look throughout the day.

PART TWO : Clothing Haul from Sam's Station 
1. Classic Pocket Cullotes 
Price: P 240

2. Summer Dress with Cherry Print
Price : P 290

3. Gladys Dress 
Price: P 190

4. Loose Black Top with Floral Print
Price : P 150 ( sale price )

Sam's Station's Facebook page HERE
Althea Korea's link HERE

That concludes everything guys. Thanks for reaching this point. Have you ever known some of the products I've mentioned? Let me know and exchange ideas then. Till next time. Take care and always choose happiness.
--- Belle

Monday, April 2, 2018

REVIEW : Real Skin Healthy Vinegar Skin Toner Makgeoli

Hello lovely friends. I am back with another new product. This time it's a toner which is one important step in the world of skin care. Let's talk about its importance first. A good toner is used to balance our skin's PH levels after we cleanse and wash our face. Why? It's because when we wash our face, the cleanser strips our skin of its natural oils so putting on a good toner make the PH level balanced and at the same time prepping it to accept and absorb serum, essences and creams more effectively. Anyhow, let's go back to the product for now.

What's it about?
This is a healthy vinegar skin toner that has makgeoli as its main ingredient. Makgeoli is a made of fermented rice and contains kojic acid. This toner mainly helps with brightening, nourishing and clarifying the skin complexion.

The toner comes with a lid (stopper) together with the cap to avoid spillage.

The texture of the toner on my skin

Viola. This is how my skin looks after the toner is fully absorbed.

Size: This bottle contains 300ml.
Scent: Even though the name itself has vinegar in it, it doesn't have that smell at all. It has this mild floral scent I believe.
Packaging: It looks pretty straightforward I guess. The bottle is made of plastic. Nothing fancy at all. 
Consistency: It appears like a dark white liquid on the bottle but once you apply it on the skin, it applies and feels like water. 

My Overall Thoughts 
Overall, I like this healthy skin vinegar toner. I'll enumerate the reasons one by one. First, my skin always feels refreshed and hydrated every time I put this on. Second, there is no stickiness since this has a very lightweight consistency and also it absorbs quickly on the skin. ( It feels like skin is drinking water literally. ) Third, I have no bad experience about it having any kind of breakout and other skin irritations whatsoever.

On the other hand, using this product really needs some time and patience combined. This doesn't give you instant results and no dramatic results either. Well for a good amount of time that I have used this product, I have noticed that my skin's elasticity got better and  surface of my skin looks brighter somehow. Will I recommend it? Yes, this works well with younger skin especially those ladies in their 20's and 30's generation.  

TIP: This is a good toner to do the 7-skin step in which you layer this product on for about 7 times continuously to boost its benefits it can give to our skin.

That wraps the show for now. It's always a joy trying out new products and writing about my review as well. Hope you find this helpful. Let me know if you have used this toner right here. Let's compare ideas and share good pieces of information. Till next time.
--- Belle

Monday, March 19, 2018

My Product Empties # 22 My Lucky Seven

Hello lovely friends. It's that time of the month which I do my countdown of my product empties. This is already my 22nd and I'm pretty proud how I keep track of them religiously. Who is with me? Raise you hands!  ^ ^Anyhow, let's continue this list and get started.

1. Simple Light Moisturizer
This is a light hydrating moisturizer. It's a perfect blend of multi-vitamins and good ingredients for the skin that can work up to 12 hours. It's also perfect for sensitive skin.

* I have reviewed this one before and you can see it HERE

VERDICT: It's a buy definitely. If you're looking for a light and a good day moisturizer, then this is perfect.

2. Watson's Goat Milk Scented Cream Bath
This gently and effectively cleanses and moisturizes the skin. It also combines  gentle cleansing agents with the rich fragrance of goat milk, leaving your skin soft and silky smooth.

VERDICT: A winner for me. With its size ( 1000 ml) and its price point, it's a win-win solution definitely. You guys should check this out.

3.Gugo Kultura Shampoo
Gugo is a vine found in the tropical forest in the Philippines and its bark  is used to treat all hair and scalp related problems such as dandruff and hair loss. This is all organic and natural so you can be assured that it's safe and mild to use for all hair types.

VERDICT: This is pretty effective. If you are looking for a good shampoo for oily and dry hair, then this the one for you. You can score this in all Kultura shops located in SM shopping malls.

4. Tony Moly Back Gel Liner in 02 Brown
This is a good gel liner that claims to be waterproof. It also has a long ( 15mm ) brush for that fast and easy application.

* For more detailed information about this, click HERE.

VERDICT: This is an absolute winner. It does the job, applies easily and smoothly. Also, it lasts for the whole day. A must buy indeed.

5. It's Skin Power 10 Formula VC Effector
This is a serum from It's Skin. VC stands for Vitamin C. It's specially formulated with high potency of Vitamin C derivatives, green tea extracts and other good stuffs  to make skin radiant and brightening. It also claims to tighten the pores to even make skin healthy, soft and glowing.

* A review about this serum can be seen HERE.

VERDICT: Actually I've been repurchasing this ever since I discovered it. It's that good truly. It does help with my skin surface and overall appearance. Please try it.

6. Nivea Fruity Shine Cherry
This claims to have a delicious cherry scent and a fabulous red shimmer. It has fruit extracts,  shimmering pigments and SPF 10.
Something simple but very important for everyday use.

VERDICT: A buy for me. This is something functional and cheap at the same time.

7. Simple Micellar Cleansing Wipes
These cleansing wipes are made with Micellar Water for a thorough yet gentle cleanse. They gently lift away makeup, impurities and unclog pores. They also leave the skin soft, clean, fresh and hydrated without  irritation.

*More photos and my review about this product can be seen HERE

VERDICT: A must buy for me. Also, I highly recommend these cleansing wipes. Does the job and makes the skin hydrated naturally. :)

That concludes everything in my list. Those were my 7 product empties. Have you used some of them also? Let me know and share some good inputs. Till next time.
--- Belle

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Review : Pop Beauty Permanent Pout

Good day my lovely friends! Today I'll share some new products that I've gotten recently. They are called the Permanent Pout from Pop BeautyIt's  is a sister company of the famous UK brand Pixi by Petra. Let's get to know more these products then.

What is it about?
This extreme long-wear and kiss-proof velvet lip paint creates a matte finish. It claims to be full coverage that is always a dream to achieve. It's cruelty-free and paraben free. 

Permanent Pout in Rouge Red

Permanent Pout in Pink Honey

Price : Each costs P790
Size : It's 4.8 ml / 0.16 oz.
Packaging : The silver color on the outside gives that classy fab look. Also, the front part has this transparent symbol that looks like lips shows the color of the lip paint. Cool and artsy at the same time. Also, the overall packaging reminds me of a mascara. 
Texture : It's very creamy and feels a little sticky at first. Then it dries out to this velvet texture and feels so lightweight on the lips.
Style: Matte but not drying at all

My Overall Thoughts
Well, I'm pretty much torn between these two. Although they are coming from the same line that is the Permanent Pout, I feel they perform differently from each other. I'll enumerate my comments separately so we can compare and contrast the two individually.

Pigmentation-  Both lippies have this rich color. Very nice color pay off too.
Texture- Both of them have this smooth and easy to use. They glide smoothly on the lips.
Formula - They have this glossy formula that dries matte. Well, it takes some seconds to make it completely dry so be very careful.
Scent and taste - Both of them have this sweet candy taste that is somewhat pleasing. Not very overpowering so you don't need to worry about it.

1.)When applied on the lips, the PINK ONE looks rather nude than what color it claims to look like.  It's best to wear this lippie with a smokey eye look. Also, you can put on a lip tint first then layer this on for that gradient lips effect. 
2.) The red lippie looks fab and stays true to its color on the lips. Very pleasant and flattering to wear for everyday use.

Overall, I'm pretty much pleased with the bright red one over the pink one. By the way, don't forget to exfoliate your lips before using it to avoid it looking dry and patchy since this is a matte lip product. If you're out and about, expect some fading throughout the day especially when you eat and drink. Still, I would recommend this red lippie because it really brightens up your overall look making you look glowing and happy overall.

That's it for now. Hope you find it helpful. Thanks for reading my entry. Do you have any recommendation of a good lip product that you purchased lately? Let me know and share it with me then.

How about you friends? Have you tried this one already? Hope you find this helpful. As always take care and enjoy the rest of the week.