Re: Why I stopped blogging for a year

It’s been well over a year since I published a full-length blog and I don’t feel guilty at all.

There were a few times when I’ve forced myself to sit down for an hour or two to write a blog post from the list of topics I’ve listed a long time ago or random topics I’ve thought of during my long commute from work. These times were the most excruciating writing sessions I’ve put myself through – for no damn reason! To make matters worse, I had a slew of excuses for why I couldn’t finish a blog post or why I had to stop writing. Eventually, I started to feel anxious about my skills as a writer. What if I just couldn’t write anymore? What if I lost my creative spark? What if my writing is not good enough?

I was psyching myself out of doing something I loved to do.

In retrospect, there were a few personal things I needed to reconcile with first over the past year or so. Blogging suddenly became such a laborious thing that I “had to do” on my free time after work. It just didn’t feel like something I enjoyed doing anymore. At first, I felt really bad. It felt like I was failing myself. So I took some time off to understand why I felt that way and figure out what I should do next to not feel like that anymore. Granted there are still a lot of things I need to work on, but I’m in a much better place now.

So, why am I blogging again?

Because I want to. Because I’m genuinely hungry to start writing again. I wholeheartedly want to continue sharing pieces of my life; lessons I’ve learned and my travel adventures to places I never thought I wanted to visit. I’m blogging again because it’s an expression of my authentic self – blogging has helped shape who I am and how I communicate. Though I won’t have a regular publishing schedule like I used to, I’m making an effort to continue writing and ultimately to continue expressing myself.

For those who have been there with me on my winding journey or those who are just stopping by for a quick read, thank you.



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.

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!






Re: Empties & New Skincare Purchases

For this week’s beauty and skincare post, I wanted to share with you guys the skincare products I’ve been using the past few months, a repurchase and a new product I’m trying out.IMG_7825.JPG My two empties are the Live Clean Moisturizing Shampoo with Coconut Milk and SHE Gel Sugar Scrub in Lemon & Grapefruit. The Live Clean was a pass along product from my mom since she noticed that it was an eco-friendly product and that it was on sale. After finishing this shampoo, I actually will not be repurchasing it because it made my scalp dry and it was not at all moisturizing for my hair. I’ve been seeing this brand a lot in different stores and was wondering if any of you guys and gals had a different experience?

Moving on to the SHE gel sugar scrub (the link is not to the actual product but this is the company who makes them), I REALLY like this product! One of my secrets to keeping soft and smooth skin is exfoliating-EVERYWHERE! This product did a great job exfoliating my and it did not easily run out unlike other sugar scrubs. It also had a lovely fresh lemon and grapefruit smell. I wish I took a photo before I used this product all up but to be honest I didn’t anticipate on writing a post on it. Since it is a product that I had awesome results with and will be repurchasing, I wanted to share it with you guys. Plus, this gel scrub was a #WINNERSFabFind for $5.99 + tax a pot! A pretty good deal if I say so myself! 😉

On to my new purchase and repurchase, I recently picked up Cerave’s Facial Moisturizing Lotion (AM) with SPF 30 to try it out for the first time. Meanwhile, I have repurchased a few tubes of the St. Ives Blemish Control Apricot Scrub for years! It’s one of my favourite facial scrubs of all time. IMG_7830Now, I have been using the Cerave moisturizing lotion for about a week to a couple of weeks and I don’t really see a huge difference on my skin. I decided to give this product a try because of the ingredients. I found this product through one of Allure magazine’s top lists while I searching for a product with hyaluronic acid and SPF. It has ceramides, niacinamides, hyaluronic acid and, of course, SPF 30. I will give this lotion a try for a while and see if there are any changes, good and bad. Recently, I am noticing some bumps appearing on my forehead area, near my brows, so we’ll see.

I’ll talk to you guys and gals soon! Follow me on Instagram to see some of my daily adventures! 🙂





Re: Which cleansing mask stayed on top?

Left to right: Origins Charcoal Mask; The Face Shop Volcanic Clay Mask; The Face Shop Real Clay Pack & LUSH Mask of Magnaminty

A couple of months ago I was hunting for an effective cleansing mask for my skin. Of course there are many others to choose from depending on the ingredients you are looking for, price points and your skin type. Since I’ve heard about great things with charcoal masks, I wanted to give at least one a try. Using all natural (or as all natural as possible) ingredients was also important for me. So, I quickly went around Sephora, LUSH and the Face Shop to see what I can find. For this post, I am reviewing:

  1. Origins Charcoal Mask
  2. The Face Shop Volcanic Lava Pore Mud Pack

  3. The Face Shop Real Clay Pack 

  4. LUSH Mask of Magnaminty

I tried using the Origins Charcoal Mask while Mr. Ko and I had our mini spa day at home as well as a few weeks after. The mask went on relatively easily, although, I’m not sure what it is about putting masks on that is so difficult to apply them evenly? If you guys and gals discovered an awesome way to put masks on feel free to leave a comment down below! 🙂 (I tend to use my fingers since I didn’t like using a brush) Anyway, I initially liked the Origins masks because it left my skin feeling fresh and clean. Though, I do have to say that it’s not consistent and I didn’t see a huge improvement even after the second time I put the mask on. Had I continued to use it for a month or so, I might get better results.


Then I tried using the Face Shop’s Volcanic Lava Pore Mud Pack next. Unfortunately, I don’t think this product was a good fit with my skin. It just dried out my skin and it wasn’t all that effective. Though if you have oily skin it might be a good product to try out. That being said, I refrained from using the other Face Shop clay mask since I had a good hunch that clay masks are just not a good fit for my skin type.


Lastly, I tried the Mask of Magnaminty from LUSH twice, two weeks apart. This was also the same mask I used on Mr. Ko’s face haha. Now even though this product has China clay (Kaolin) it didn’t dry out my skin because of the other ingredients that were in the mask. And of course, you could already guess from the mask’s name that there is peppermint oil in it. At first the mask “tingles” or burns if you have fairly sensitive skin, predominantly because of the peppermint oil in the mask. Again, this was hard to apply evenly on my face especially with the fragments of aduki beans in the mask. The good side for having those beans is that it does help with exfoliating your face once you gradually remove the mask with some water.

Out of the 4 masks, I would probably go with LUSH’s Mask of Magnaminty. It was a consistent product and I did find that it the mask was able to make improvements with my skin even with just using it twice.

Stay tuned for my next posts! I try to post fitness & nutrition posts on Wednesdays, Beauty posts on Thursdays and Style posts on Fridays! Feel free to leave me a comment below if there are any products or topics you’d like for me to talk about 🙂 I’m always open for suggestions!