Dear London, U.K.

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You were not my first choice. In fact, you were not on my list of places to visit-ever! Frankly, I’ve heard many wonderful tales about you and your beauty but it has never enticed me to make the trip across the pond. So, it was as much of a surprise for me when I felt the sudden urge to visit you without reason. Looking back, I think I had to. I had to make up my own mind about you, based on my own experiences and not everybody else.

The fog blanketing the city streets brought a manageable melancholy that made the littlest joke funnier and my heart lighter. Amidst one of the busiest cities in the world, I walked in peace. Isn’t that ironic?

Surrounded by art, culture, and history, it was no surprise to bump into fellow visiting tourists in every corner. Wide-eyed and amazed by your vast beauty, this might seem all too romantic for you, because underneath lies, well, the Underground. Each station is a modern complement and convenience to and from ornate palaces, preserved houses and iconic landmarks. Perhaps, this great balance between history and modernity is what sprouted our love affair?

Or perhaps, it was walking along the cobble stone alley diverting from Marylebone Lane and finding a gem that served a delicious French Onion Soup. You thought I was going to say Fish and Chips, didn’t you?

Unexpectedly, I fell in love with you piece by piece. A gradual kind of love that left me wanting more as I board my flight home…

London, my unexpected love, I have to cut this letter short but rest assured that you’ve given me something I didn’t think I needed.

There’s no need for me to say that I’ll be back.

I will, in time.

Always,

K

P.S. Thank you for reminding me that, “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” –William Shakespeare

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Dear 2016

14570419_10154549153319948_833745159854235337_nStarting out strong and positive, I never would have thought that it would end like this. Well, to be fair I don’t recall having expectations, just goals that I hoped to accomplish. In literally a year, my life has changed. I changed.

For many reasons it would be very easy for me to say that you have only brought me sadness and pain. Yes, I’ve had to endure my grandmother’s passing, a difficult breakup and multiple job rejections, just to name a few. But I refuse to see you as a crappy year. There’s always two sides of a coin. So although, I’ve had to endure a lot of unfortunate circumstances, you, 2016, have been one of my most rewarding years.

You have taught me so much about the value of patience and perseverance. Often time, life has a very different timeline than we do. So, even though I was working really hard and going to interviews yet had no luck finding a full time role for a few months, I ended up landing an opportunity at the exact time I needed to land it. When we’re in the thick of it all, it can be so easy to lose patience, especially when we want it so badly. Granted, shouldn’t wanting something so bad also be the reason why we should keep holding on? It was a good enough reason for me.

You, 2016, also brought out someone I’ve been missing. Someone I tucked away deep inside of me. You’ve helped me see how important it is to be unapologetically me. Regardless of what other people may say. Regardless of what other people may think. Regardless of the insecurities, fears and anxieties that I may have. At the end of the day, this is who I am, no one else.

You’ve taught me about love, real love, and what that actually looks like, feels like, smells like, to me. It takes, well, real work to get real love. There are no shortcuts or cheat sheets you can use to get through the ugly fights and misunderstandings. You have to get through them together even when it’s difficult to let go of your pride and fears. There’s no such thing as being ‘ready’ for it either. Real love is rare because nowadays, we buy into the dream of falling in love more than seeing the reality of what it takes to stay in love. It’s worth every effort. Always.

Most of all, you, 2016, have taught me to take care of myself. I’m not talking about how to be independent. I mean actually take care of me and my needs, because they matter just as much everyone else’s.

So, 2017, you have big shoes to fill. I guess we’ll just have to take it one step at a time

Always,

K

P.S. There’s no need for New Year’s resolutions. Make your time count now. It’s the only time we have.

 

Re: Heyo!

img_9018It has been well over a month since I last posted a blog post. A lot of changes and transitions, professionally and personally, have happened over a short amount of time that I needed to take some space to distance myself from blogging for a while. Frankly, every week I would plan on writing a blog post on a topic that I’ve chosen weeks or even months ahead but it has been very difficult to sit down and actually write the post. Part of the reason is because there are a lot of thoughts running around in my head, some of which are incomplete and utterly confusing. This evening I decided to sit down and write this post because in retrospect, I created this blog because I wanted to take you all along in my journey. And it’s not a straight path, far from it.

Granted, I still don’t feel like I’m in the same headspace that I was in 6 months ago, but I thought it was important for me to write about forgiveness. Over the weekend, I wondered how could God be so forgiving of our mistakes over and over again? Why is it so hard for us to forgive others at the same degree?

Being human makes us susceptible to failures, imperfections and innumerable mistakes. It is and can be very difficult to forgive those who have wronged us repeatedly and ourselves. Pain, anger, embarrassment, pride and insecurities often take over so much so that we forget that we are all similarly human. We crave the same degree of infinite forgiveness that others seek of us, yet we often decline to show the same kindness. loveThe only answer I can come up with that addresses my question adequately is love. Love at its purest form is patient, kind, humble, and of course forgiving. An elusive verb and feeling.

I guess the trick is to not take love for granted, but strengthen it.

Always,

K

P.S. Always choose forgiveness, even when it’s difficult. Harbouring bad feelings just isn’t worth it. Besides, you can’t change people… you can only love them. 

Re: Fall 2016 Makeup Haul

While walking around our neighborhood with my sister and baby niece, we attempted to stop by Shoppers Drugmart for a few minutes. Well, a few minutes turned into almost an hour… I saw that Maybelline and Rimmel were having a sale on some items I haven’t tried before. So I grabbed a few items for fall.

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Decided to save the Joe Fresh eye shadow in Ice for another post in case you’re wondering where the white eye shadow on the bottom right is from. 

First up is the Maybelline Fit Me Liquid Foundation in 220 Natural Beige (Normal to Dry range). One of my friends posted a video a few months ago, talking about this product so I wanted to give it a try. I normally wear powder foundation because I find liquid foundation heavy at times. So, I was pleasantly surprised that this foundation felt weightless. It also blended well with a sponge or foundation brush and it has SPF18! In terms of colour match, I find that the foundation matches my skin pretty well, although I did notice that the formula oxidizes a tad darker. Also, the foundation is light-medium coverage so if you’re looking for a more full coverage foundation, this product is not for you. I would say it’s long wearing, especially if you set the foundation with powder and a setting spray.

IMG_0022.jpgNext up is a liquid lipstick from Rimmel, the Provocalips 16hr Kiss Proof Lip Colour in 750 Heart Breaker. It has a doe foot applicator for both the gloss and the actual liquid lipstick. I tried this product a few times and I like that it’s pigmented. It is also kiss proof, but can be very drying on the lips. It is a liquid lipstick after all so that’s understandable. You can layer the product to get a more opaque finish, but the product is not long wearing and you’ll see the liquid lipstick crumbling over time. Overall, I wouldn’t recommend getting this product even if it is kiss proof. Crumbling lips ain’t cute! Haha 😉

IMG_0021.jpgFrom Maybelline again, I got an Expert Wear quad eyeshadow in 220 Chai Latte. It’s not a new product launch, I simply wanted to give the quad a try. The copper eye shadow on the top right corner attracted me to this quad since I’ve been looking for a similar colour. Honestly, the eye shadows are okay in terms of pigmentation. You will probably have to layer a few times to get the true colour of the eye shadow. It’s a versatile quad that has 3 shimmers and 1 matte eye shadows so you can easily use the darker shade if you want to try a smokey eye with a hint of copper tone.

IMG_0020.jpgBaked Highlighter from Dirty Little Secret Cosmetics in Bellissima, was a product I got from one of my ipsy glam bags. It’s a very pigmented highlighter that has a slight hint of peachy pink. A beautiful highlighter for your cheekbones! You don’t need a lot of the product on your brush since it picks up pretty well.

Finally, my L’Oreal love affair continues with the Tint Caresse in Lily Blossom. I got this baby from my dad since he flew back from the Philippines for a couple of weeks. It’s actually an item I have wanted to try since last year. Unfortunately, they were out of stock since it was a new product launch. L’Oreal doesn’t carry this product in North America so it wasn’t something I can buy here.

Right of the bat, the packaging is gorgeous! It has a sponge applicator and the product is deposited from the cap. You’ll hear a little click once you unscrew the cap. From there, the product is immediately deposited on the sponge. I wanted to try this product because despite of it being a lip product, the lip tint formula is powder. I thought that was really cool and innovative! After trying this product a few times, the application process is easy and the formula is not drying on the lips. It’s not a long-wearing product so you will probably have to reapply, especially if you like to eat as much as I do. 🙂 From what I gathered, the product is supposed to help you get a gradient lip effect (a popular trend in Korea). If you have very pigmented lips like myself, you can add a little bit of foundation to cancel out the colour.

That’s it for my Fall Makeup Haul! What are some of your fall makeup favourites? Share with us by leaving a comment below!

Always,

K