Lippie Review

Hiya mate! First of all, for the Nth time, my apologies for neglecting my blog!  I know I’ve been quiet here longer than expected.  Life just got busier and this busy bee just didn’t have enough time and energy to blog in the past months.  So here I am again, vowing to post regularly and revive this almost dying blog of mine.

From now on, I’ll make sure to give you my opinion or post some information about places my family and I go to, restaurants in Canberra or Queanbeyan, do product reviews and post anything I find worthwhile.

For starters, let me do some lippie review. That’s right, you read it correctly!  I’m giving my two cents worth on lipsticks.  I admit that I am one ultimate lippie fan!  You won’t see me out on the streets without wearing a lipstick.  I love adding colour to my life and lipstick is one of them.  Next to the list is my love for nail lacquers, which is substantiated through this previous post of mine: Prettifying My Nails.  I always make sure that I look presentable when I’m out and meeting people.  Maybe if you’ll ask me among all the cosmetics, which is the one I can’t live without?  I would definitely answer, lipstick.

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Aside from the basic fact that putting lipstick makes me feel pretty, it also makes me happy.   I guess it goes that when you look good, you’ll feel good.  Second, it brightens my face so looking pale is not part of the equation of my daily living, unless I am sick.  Lastly, it protects my lips from being dry and flaky. I’ve got lots of lippies in my cosmetic bag but I’m only going to do a review of 4 of my favourites.  I’ve got different colours and I use a colour depending on my mood or one that fits or complements my wardrobe.

Here we go:

Mac’s Mineralize Rich in Bold Spring
Approx. selling price: AUD46 or PHP1,840

Mac Mineralize Rich

I love Mac lippies and this one is my favourite with its bright pink colour.  I am attracted to pink hues because it matches my skin tone.  When I saw this one, I did not let it pass.  It’s quite different from the matte lipsticks I got used to from this brand.  In my opinion, it’s in between a matte and a moisturising lipstick.  It’s got a vibrant colour when you put it on and it stays long.  Even after eating or drinking, your lips will still have that pink coverage so you don’t need to do a touch-up often.  It glides smoothly and does not dry the lips.  It’s got 77-mineral moist complex that nourishes the lips.  It’s lightweight and non-sticky so you’ll feel like you’ve got no lipstick on.

Revlon’s Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Whimsical Fantaisiste
Approx. selling price:  AUD17.50 or PHP700

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

This is the latest craze in beauty town!  The crayon balm, a mixture of long lasting colour and moisturizing component of a lip balm has ingredients such as shea, mango and coconut butter.  This lippie is easy to use.  It glides smoothly, it’s creamy but lightweight and gives a perfect finish to your lips.  It’s got a peppermint scent.  Since it’s a balm, it gives a high shine but powerful colour.  Once you put it on, you’ll look like a cover girl for a beauty magazine.  Unlike Mac’s Mineralize Rich, this doesn’t stay after eating or drinking so you’ll have to retouch often and use it like a lip balm.  By the way, this shade that I have is a combination of pink and purple.  There are other shades in this range so grab one that fits your skin tone.

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede in Couture #050
Approx selling price: AUD25.95 or PHP1,100

Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Suede

This is one of my everyday favourites.  The colour gives your lips just a hint of red, not shocking and not too light.  It looks like you’ve got a just-kissed lips perfect for everyday wear.  This lippie is the most longwearing of all.  I put one in the morning and it’ll last me all day even after eating or drinking coffee.  When you glide it on your lips, it’s creamy but sets in a matte finish.  It has shea butter and aloe so it still has that moisturising component.  I’m about to finish this lipstick because I use it often than the others.  Perfect for the office or if you just want to walk in the park.

Clinique’s High Impact Rouge Impact in Extreme Pink
Approx selling price: AUD36 or PHP1, 500

Clinique High Impact

This is the most moisturising and longwearing lipstick I’ve ever had.  The color is just right for my lips.  It’s subtle and almost nude.  It has a sunscreen protection so you don’t have to worry about dryness or sun damage.  It’s like Mac Mineralize lippie because it’s a mix of matte and moisture in one.  I think this is best for ladies who are not used to wearing lipsticks and would like to start wearing one.  Why?  Because it’s fragrance free, moisturising, non-sticky and adds just a hint of colour to your lips.

There you go.  I hope you got something worthwhile from this beauty review.  I am not a beauty expert but I can say that I love cosmetics and love putting colour in my life. 🙂

Pre-Birthday Thoughts

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How are ya doing, mate? I hope you’re doing well. If you’ll ask me, it’s been a roller coaster ride once again. I guess it’s hard to bounce back to my regular migrant self after being with my loved ones last Christmas. Add to that are some of those blocks that are being thrown my way which makes the beginning of my 2014 a little turbulent. But I believe this little turbulence is good because it makes me propel myself to even greater heights in the next months.

So, it’s already the love month and next to this is my birthday month. Hooray! Another year has passed and in just a few years time, I’ll be facing the big 4-0! Looking back, I’ve seen myself grow in so many ways. I’ve learned a lot of life lessons that I barely knew when I was still in my 20s. Now that I’m in my mid 30s, I’d like to share with you some of the life lessons I’ve learned in the hopes that you’ll learn something from me too. You may have heard of these things in the past or have encountered them as well so I invite you to just sit back, relax and ponder on these words of wisdom:

1. No pain, no gain.
I’ve said this over and over again. Most of the time, you need to get hurt in order to gain something positive. It’s actually God’s way of strengthening you and your faith. You cannot have the things you want that easy. You have to work hard for it, sweat, cry and bleed tons for it. And I assure you, the satisfaction and joy that comes after the pain is inexplicable.

2. Good things come to those who wait.
This is another famous inspirational quote that I’ve proven a million times in my life. Just be patient my dear. Don’t despair. Have faith. If it’s the best for you, it will happen in His right time.

3. You definitely cannot please everybody.
Even if you’re the nicest person in the world, there will still be someone out there who will not like you. So stop thinking about what other people are saying about you. Don’t exert extra effort in pleasing everybody because my dear, you are just wasting your time and effort. So just be yourself and focus on attaining your dreams.

4. You cannot be friends with everybody so choose your friends wisely.
Oh! This one I have learned the hard way! I’ve learned to disengage myself to those people who are arrogant and self-centered. I’ve distanced myself from those negative people who won’t bring any good in my life and who will just bring more stress and heartaches. I’ve also learned to doubly treasure those friends who continually bring sunshine in my life. If you are experiencing the same thing, I say, do what I did and move on. I tell you, you’ll have that peace of mind and heart that you are longing for.

5. Speak up or forever hold your peace.
I am an advocate of open communication whether personal or professional. I lived by this belief since I was a teenager. It’s better to speak up because 99% of the time, it resolves issues and conflicts. If you don’t say what’s on your mind and you just suck it all up, soon you’ll find yourself in a compromising situation. You’ll continue to harbor ill feelings which will only have a negative effect on your health and on your relationships.

6. EQ is way better than IQ.
Emotional quotient is definitely better than intelligence. A person with high EQ advances better in life than those with high IQ. Why? Because everything revolves around relationships. If you have people skills, if you know how to empathise, communicate, negotiate and lead without stepping on other people’s line, you’ll go places. Here’s a little something to think about… Who would you rather trust when you are buying a product or service? Someone who is smart and very technical; who knows everything about the product or service being offered but doesn’t listen or is not sensitive enough to your needs? Or someone who has a good knowledge of the offering and at the same time knows what you need, listens to you, cares about you and sees to it that your needs are met? I’ll go with the latter. It’s a no-brainer. That person has high EQ. 🙂

7. Blood is always thicker than water.
Love your family. Period. When all else fails, your family will be the only one who will understand you, stand by you, love, forgive and support you without judging you.

8. Life is short so live life to the fullest.
You see and hear it everywhere. In the news, in our families and friends, you are most of the time shocked by news of sudden deaths. That’s why, you have to make the most in your everyday life. Live it as if it’s your last. I’m not talking about merry making or making yourself loose. I’m talking about spending your life meaningfully with your partner, your kids, loved ones, colleagues and friends. Treat everyone right and with respect. Do your best in everything and stamp your name on it. Go out and smell the fresh roses. Create positive and long lasting relationships. And the list goes on. At least, when your own time is up, you can say that you’ve lived your life to the fullest.

There you go. Sorry to cut this post. I still have a lot in my mind and I want to share them too but it’s almost midnight so I better hit the sack. I’ll just write the 2nd part, God knows when! LOL! Maybe a birthday post is happening soon. You’ll never know.

See ya later, mate! I hope you got something worthwhile here. Should you wish to add more life lessons learned, simply hit the comment button. Adios! 😊❤️

Floriade 2013

Howdy! I’ve been quiet again I know. But hey, this chic momma has been busy again and unfortunately, has been bogged down by a rare flu called “scarlet fever”. Honestly, I really hate the cold weather here in Queanbeyan/Canberra. We’ve been dubbed as the capital city of flu and allergies. But I’m back on track now and I am excited to share with you a place we went to yesterday. If you love flowers, you’ll love Floriade in Canberra. Floriade is Australia’s celebration of Spring. It has been running on its 26th year during the months of September to October. It showcases one million lovely and blooming flowers in Commonwealth Park. There are also other activities that will bring fun to the whole family. Entry is free unless you are going to their NightFest. For more information about the event, visit this link: http://www.floriadeaustralia.com/.

I loved it there! I love the colourful display of flowers especially tulips. I don’t know what it is with flowers but everytime I see one, I feel happy, light and carefree. Here are some snapshots of the event. When you’ve got time, visit Floriade too. 🙂

Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

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What do you know? We’re half way through 2013! Seems like time is having fun riding the bullet train! So, is it December yet? I’m oh so excited to see and be with everyone and everything familiar! Of course, there’s the anticipation of celebrating Christmas and New Year in the Philippines and the wedding of my niece as well. I really can’t wait!

But for now, lets talk about reality. Our family is nearing our 2nd year in Australia. Woohoo! A lot has improved since Day 1 of living here. We’re far more adjusted and it feels more “normal” now. But you know what? Just recently, I felt like I’m going through some mid-life crisis. It is as if I don’t know where I’m heading and as if I’m not achieving anything substantial. You might say I’m crazy. You must have seen how our family has flourished here, and that in itself is already a huge achievement that I should be grateful for. Well, I am aware of that and I acknowledge it. Yet you see, I’m talking about my own career. I was so used to being a career woman and not a stay at home mom. Since I graduated from college, I have 5-year career goals which, boasting aside, I end up achieving or even surpassing.

Ever since we got here in Australia, my career as a Marketing professional has sidetracked, or shall I say, has gone into hiatus. If before, I can clearly see myself 5 years ahead of me, now, I’m clueless!!!! I don’t know whether this is a good thing or a bad thing! Because honestly, whatever I have and wherever I am right now, I prayed for it back then. When I was working my ass off back in the Philippines, every day I would pray to God to give me a chance to be like my mom, who takes care of her kids 24/7. I felt how good it was to be taken cared of and pampered when I was a kid. To have and enjoy that undivided attention from my mom. I felt the overflowing love and care from my parents and siblings, most especially from dear mom. So I told myself and prayed hard that I’d like my children to experience the same thing.

So you see, I got what I prayed for! But why is it that I still am looking for something? Maybe this is still part of the migration adjustment. I don’t know how to explain this but sometimes even if you know the situation that you’re going into, even if you’ve prepared a lot for it, it’ll still be very challenging when you are already in it. I know my priorities have changed and in fact my career has changed as well. From a working girl, I’m now a certified housewife and mother.

After some deep thoughts, sincere prayers and serious and enlightening conversations with dearest hubby, I’ve come to terms with myself. Simply put, I’ve finally accepted my current state. You see, knowing is very different from accepting. When a person has finally accepted his or her circumstance, that’s the only time where he or she will find peace, happiness and contentment. I was so struck with what hubby made me realize! I may not have the accolades, prestige, promotions, bonuses, etc. that I was so used to get when I was still a member of the corporate world, but what I have now and have achieved is far better than anything I earned before and is something that no amount of money can ever repay. He told me that managing MyAussiehome.com, looking after each and every aspect of his and my kids lives in full blast, building better future for my 2 boys, were the ones that replaced the highlights of my former career. He pointed out that all the milestones and achievements he and the kids are getting are in fact the awards and bonuses of my new career. I admit that I am a very different person now because of all these experiences. I gained a lot of new skills; became even more mature and independent; had a wider perspective in life, and many more. Do you know the lyrics of one of Kanye West’s songs? “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger!” Well, that is the perfect description of me, myself and I! Lol!

So now, I’ve accepted that I just have to put my own professional career on hold until the kids have grown up and can already take care of themselves. I have to completely let go of my former life and embrace the new chapter wholeheartedly. As a friend told me just a few hours ago, “You are now a fulfilled housewife and mother.” For that, I am truly honored and grateful! I therefore, rest my case.

Magnetic and I’m Ecstatic!

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Well, what can I say? It’s great to be part of the Magnetic Trial Team! I’ve been a Sally Hansen fan ever since. I loved their Gem Crush and Salon Manicure nail lacquers but when I bought and tried the Magnetic Nail in Golden Conduct Polish months ago, I was hooked and I loved it even more!

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And today, here I am doing my own nails again and trying out this new Slate Spark shade with snowflake pattern. Prettifying the nails is as easy as 1-2-3 when you’re using Magnetic Nail Polish. It’s instant nail-art in a bottle. I’m really happy with its salon-like finish and long lasting polish. I can attest to this since I’ve been a Magnetic user ever since.

So to all the lovely and chic ladies out there, if you want to be ecstatic and have fab, glam, fantastic nails like mine, try Magnetic Nail Polish from Sally Hansen today! 🙂

Monopoly

Monopoly Junior

My boys and I played this game today and we had extreme fun! I remember playing Monopoly with my brothers when I was still a kid. Come to think of it, it’s also a very educational game. I think the kids learn about money management and investing and reaping the benefits of it.

Deion lost and asked me, “Mommy why is it almost every move, I need to pay?” I simply told him that it’s in the rules of the game so you need to follow. I also told him that it’s the same in real life, you pay for almost everything so you really need to make wise decisions regarding your money.

Therefore, since this game opens the minds of the kids, we’ll play this more often! How about you? Why not start playing Monopoly with your kids too?! 🙂

The Little Things #2

The Little Things

Hello mate! How are you doing?  I hope everything’s going well with you.  As for me, I’m doing well too although I think I’m still having bouts of homesickness.  Yes, I know!  You might tell me, homesickness again, Russ?  Can’t you talk about something better than that?!  Well, what can I say?  It’s a dreadful experience any migrant dares to face!  Therefore, to help me alleviate this awful feeling, I am going to continue this gratitude journal of mine. I have to be reminded of all the blessings I received, big and small.  This helps me focus on my goals and priorities and forget about the worries and stresses of migrant life.

So, more than a month after my “The Little Things” post, I’m doing it again!  Pardon me, but I guess, I’m going to do this more often.  Come to think of it, I encourage you to do the same.  Sometimes,  in the hustle and bustle of life, you forget to acknowledge the blessings that come your way.  You tend to fill your brain and your heart with rubbish and you fail to remember seeing the beauty of life.

What am I thankful for these past few weeks?  Here I go:

  • That I still get to do what I loved doing for 11 years at the comforts of my home and seeing positive results in an online campaign I’m currently handling.
  • That I am able to contribute my talents and skills in the local community through my current job as Admin in a Dental Clinic.  This may not be at par with my career when I was still in the Philippines but what’s important is I am still able to help others and be an asset to the community and to the new country I now call my home.
  • Thankful for my 3 boys.  Our bond is becoming stronger and closer as days go by.
  • That the sister of my dear friend in the Philippines is now here in Queanbeyan and is living close to us. Yey!
  • That I am able to spend more quality time with my little boys during this 2-week school holiday.  That includes baking cupcakes for them because I haven’t done this for quite some time now.

Choco Vanilla Cupcakes

  • Seeing my kids enjoying a lot when we went out for a 3-day holiday with friends.
  • Lastly, that I was able to commune again with nature since I set foot here in Australia!

Merimbula Beach Resort

Now that I’m done with my gratitude list, it’s time for you to do yours!  What are you thankful for, mate?  Come on! Think, think, think! Care to spill the beans? 🙂

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