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

 

 

 

Re: Free at last!

img_8771After four and a half years of wearing braces, it has been an incredible feeling to let my tongue glide on my freshly polished straight teeth!

Truth be told, I didn’t like my smile growing up because I always fixated on my crooked teeth. They were all I saw whenever I looked at my grade school picture day photos or any photo for that matter. So, I decided to get braces after getting my wisdom teeth out. Our family dentist referred me to Dr. James Noble from Orthodontics at Don Mills.

Before getting a consultation, my dentist forwarded a copy of my recent X-rays so that Dr. Noble had a starting point to assess my case. We sat down for an initial consultation about my teeth, my goals and why I wanted to get braces. Dr. Noble was very honest with me about the commitment and investment that I needed to make, which I really appreciated. He is a passionate orthodontist whom truly loves what he does, and it shows in his work. Dr. Noble works with a diverse age range of patients from young children to adults, so he has extensive experience with different case severities.

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Though, I couldn’t help but feel that I got more than a beautiful new smile. Reflecting on the last 4 ½ years of wearing braces, I learned 5 important life lessons.

  1. Patience

At first glance, four years is a long time to wait for something you’ve always wanted to have. There were times when I grew a bit restless, failing to recognize that there is a much greater reward down the road.

  1. Think of the bigger picture

I went to 64 (more or less) individual appointments for my orthodontist and regular cleaning over the course of my entire treatment. They had to remove 4 teeth before installing the wires and brackets and I can’t even tell you how many elastics I’ve used! If you look at each of these factors individually, getting those pearly white straight teeth seems awfully daunting. But if we just take a step back to look at the bigger picture, all of these sacrifices contribute to an overall goal.

  1. When you’re in pain, speak up!

I happen to have a high pain tolerance so luckily the regular tightening wasn’t a big deal. Actually, I remember happily eating a bacon cheeseburger  right after getting my braces installed! Though there were times when a piece of wire would irritate my inner cheek and a ball of wax wouldn’t be able to ease the irritation. Instead of taking the pain in, a phone call needed to be made. A quick snip and voila! The pain is gone.

It’s easy to sweep our pain under the rug, or even worse, bury it. Speaking up when you’re in pain doesn’t make you a burden. It means something needs to change.

  1. Smile with confidence

Yeah, yeah there’s something on my teeth. A piece of spinach or rice perhaps? It happens. As odd as it may sound, wearing my braces helped me embrace my crooked teeth for what they are-a work in progress. Our imperfections make us who we are. Let’s wear them with pride!

  1. Invest in yourself

My treatment cost a little over $8000. I admit, I spent a pretty penny on something that might seem vain and I am damn proud of it! I made this investment for me because I know the health benefits and confidence boost sufficiently justified the cost. Besides, do you know how amazing it is to wake up and look in the mirror and love who you see staring back at you? I get to feel that, so I’d say it’s worth it.

Smile as wide as you can. You deserve to, we all do.

Happy World Smile Day! 

Big THANK YOU to Dr. Noble and his lovely hygienists at Orthodontics at Don Mills! Your patience, positive attitudes and dedication are greatly appreciated! 🙂

Always,

K

 

Re: Subway and a pep talk

train.jpegOn my way to an appointment, I sat beside a lovely pregnant woman on the subway. The delectable aroma of the dark chocolate pieces she was munching on were enough for me to put my book down and remove my headphones. I leaned over and told her how wonderful those dark chocolate pieces smelled!

After a few stops we started casually chatting and sharing photos and videos of our nieces. She’s having her first child and, of course, was nervous about the new changes in her life that will very soon take place. Did I mention that she’s due in 3 weeks? I appreciated her positive attitude towards the new chapter she and her partner are about to embark on because it’s definitely not going to be an easy ride.

Later on, we started talking about career paths and the troubling observations she notices about young professionals. She said something like; “I have been in the [marketing] industry for about 10 years now. Young professionals like you are greatly undervalued by senior execs but with the changing digital landscape, you guys are actually extremely valuable because you are immersed in it. You know what’s going on and can provide context. They know that you’re young, and are probably doubting yourself, but don’t let them smell that. Don’t give them a reason to doubt you even if you doubt yourself from time to time. Your knowledge in the industry is valuable. Show them how much they need you.”

Needless to say, it was the best 30 seconds I spent on the subway. Seriously, what are the chances that I would sit next to this motivating woman who just happens to work in the same industry as me?

She’ll be an awesome mother. No doubt.

Always,

K

P.S. This post was previously published at Medium

Dear Nanay

img_8797I have a vivid memory of you with plastic pink rollers on your hair while getting ready for bed. My sisters and I were still giggling from the other room, so you stepped out and told us to go to bed before the night monster comes knocking on our door. We rushed to our beds and put the blanket over our heads. I peaked and watched you slowly walk in to your room with a slight smirk on your face…

Thank you for telling us stories about our dad and all sorts of mischief he got himself into growing up. Thank you for taking care of us when we were sick. Thank you for reminding us to do our best while we were still in school. Thank you for sending us birthday cards for as long as you could. Thank you for having patience with us even when we avoided your calls as teenagers. And thank you for being our grandma.

I wanted to dedicate a brief post to my grandma. She passed away peacefully in her sleep a little over a week ago. The past few days I couldn’t help but feel grateful that I had the opportunity to fly back to the Philippines and visit her. We hadn’t seen each other in 13 years! Though her face hadn’t changed much, she didn’t have the same energy as she used to. It was tough but I cherish the conversations we had.

Before we immigrated to Canada, my sisters and I grew up road tripping to our grandparent’s house for the summer or during Holy Week. My grandma always had short hair, no longer than her chin. She had the OG bob haircut before it was thing! And she always had these pink rollers that she used at night to put a slight curl on her bangs. So for today’s beauty post, I did a quick collage of vintage hairstyle inspirations.

She showed me a photo of her when she was a young woman. She still had the same smile and a similar vintage hairstyle Julianne Hough has (but less glamourous of course), wearing her white uniform shirt. I was around 7-8 years old when she showed me those photos, kept in a box underneath her bed. Unfortunately, I’m not entirely sure whether those photos are still around, but I hope they are. When I go back for another visit, I’ll look for them. Until then, I know she’s always with me, living within those birthday cards and short nuggets of wisdom.

This is my letter to you.’Til we meet again.

Always,

K