Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Monthly Goals | January + December Recap

Hello 2017!

Happy New Year everybody! I'm really happy to have new chances for beginnings this year so, I decided to set up some new set of goals for this month which hopefully, I would be able to do.

December Recap

First, I would want to do a recap of last month's goals (You can read more about that HERE). So last month, I listed a few things that were: 1, Finish reading a biography book, that did not happen. I just didn't really feel like it nor did I have the time to actually read one which is kinda sad but I guess I'll have to read one in the near future instead. 2 was to visit some place that I haven't been to before, technically, I went to the newly opened SM East Ortigas last December 4th so I kind of accomplished that one. I honestly had something different in mind but this have would do I guess. 3 was to be more sociable, well, I did manage to reconnect with some of my friends which I'm very happy about, so I guess that was accomplished. 4 was to enroll for the next sem of my uni, well I finished up my last sem so I'm about to enroll on my next one for this month. Finally, the last one was to do vlogmas. Surprisingly, I accomplished that one as well. I barely made it though, but I'm still happy that I was able to finish it. If you haven't watched it yet, check it out here.

Alright, so instead of doing a new year's resolution, I'll just try and carry on with my monthly goals since I feel it's much easier to take it day by day or rather, month by month. So, these are what I'm aiming to achieve for this month:

  • Take more pictures
For awhile, I didn't really take that much pictures but lately, I've found so much inspiration on what kind of images I should take since they just look so gorgeous. It really made me miss doing flatlays or even shooting random things with my camera. I also plan on investing on a polaroid printer soon and create a photo album since my brother loves to browse through our really old ones (seriously, the last photo album that we made was probably back in 2007) so an updated one would really be nice to have.
  • Visit a place I've never been to before
Okay, so the last "new" place was a mall again. I should probably try again and actually visit some place that's a lot more interesting and fun. I'm again still not sure about this one, but I really do want to try my hardest to accomplish this because there are a lot of places I still want to see. I've been so blessed to live somewhere that's near what people would like to tour so, I have to show my appreciation and actually take some time to go and visit these places.
  • Finish at least 2 books
This month, I'm about to buy 2 new books from the bookstore, I plan on finishing both of them by the end of the month since I do want to get back into reading and both seem to have a really good storyline. Hopefully, I'll be able to get them since I'm definitely excited to read them. Also, I'm aiming to finish at least 20 books this year. Usually, this would be a piece of cake but I've been out of my reading game for quite some time now (if I remember correctly, I only read about 12 or less books last year) so, I'll aim for something that's actually possible for me to do. Wish me luck!
  • Practice using Adobe Premiere Pro
So, if you've been watching my vlogmas videos from last month, you would notice that I applied some sort of filter into it. Though, I don't really like how it turned out that much so, I'll be trying to experiment more on that until I'm finally happy with it and probably post more videos since it is kind of fun having something that I could watch back on. 

Alright, so those are my goals for this month. Not really that much but I figured that I should start somewhere small to begin the year with. Hopefully, I'll be able to achieve them since these are all what I really, really want to do or rather, what I'm trying to do so, good luck to me.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

What I Got For Christmas 2016

Merry Christmas Everybody!

Although this post kinda went up late, I still feel the holiday spirit. So, these presents are a mixture of what I got for myself and what my parents got me. I feel really thankful and blessed to be able to have all of these and more during Christmas day.

  • Dark Blue Cardigan

So during Christmas eve (the 24th), me and my brother went to Greenhills Shopping Center which is pretty much an indoor market. I got this cardigan for PHP 150 (3.01 USD) since I always wear these things when I'm on the go and can't be bothered to mix and match my outfits or pretty much when I throw on leggings and a tank top. I only have a really thick black cardigan, a white blazer and a gray thin cardigan, so I'm really happy that I get to add this into my collection. 

  • Pants

For the past few months, I've been so into these pants. They are the comfiest things ever and they are such a fashionable piece. I own 2 black ones that are about the same cut but none of them has this fabric. I also opted for a gray one for those days that I want to look a little bit more dressed up. Also, they're pretty cheap since they cost PHP 350 (7.03 USD) or 3 for PHP 1,000.

  • Shorts

I rarely wear shorts nowadays but I honestly found this so cute that I really wanted to get it. This was PHP 350 (7.03 USD) and fits me quite nicely. So I'll be wearing this whenever I just go to hang out with friends or doing some quick errands that does not require me to dress nicely.

  • Belt

I don't own a lot of belts, actually I think I only have 1 silver belt that I use whenever I wear my baggy shorts and that rarely looks good on what I wear. So, I got this belt to use whenever I feel like tucking in my shirt or just pretty much showing the top part of my pants which I often do nowadays. This was PHP 150 (3.01 USD) also from Greenhills.

  • Starbucks Planner

I really didn't think that I would be able to get this one until the end of the year or probably early on the next year, but I got it exactly during Christmas day. Basically, you'll need to collect 18 stickers, 9 from their regular drinks and 9 from their holiday drinks. I started collecting since the first week of November, so it was kind of expected for me to get this sooner or later since I drink Starbucks as a necessity for studying. 

  • L'Officiel Magazine

Well, I actually buy this magazine almost every month due to it's layout since it really has that modern feel into it. I use this magazine as a source for inspiration on what I want my blog post or pictures to look like, it kinda helps me with dressing myself too which I'm not all that good at since this is basically a fashion type magazine. I got this for PHP 250 (5.02 USD) at National Bookstore in Shangri-la during Christmas Eve since me and my brother were spending the night at a hotel room and I didn't really feel like watching TV. 

  • Makeup Pouch

This was just a quick purchase on my side since we happen to pass by Daiso in the midst of last minute Christmas shopping. I found this on a small corner of the store for PHP 88. There was also another pouch that says "eyebrows on fleek". There were only 4 of these left, 2 of each design. I'll be using this as a makeup pouch to put inside my bag so that I won't have to dig through endless things for a powder or a lipstick.

  • Pandora Princess Tiara Ring in Rose Gold

I actually got this ring in advance during the 20th of December because it was selling out so fast. Pandora's branch at SM Megamall didn't have these in stock anymore (even in silver) so I went to Pandora's branch at Shangri-la and they had this as the very last one in Rose gold. Luckily, it fit me just right so I got it. It was PHP 4,500 (90.39 USD) which I think is worth it since I love rings and I'll be using this very often. I really can't stop looking at it, I'm so obsessed and it was actually the only thing that I wanted for Christmas so I'm just so happy. 

So those are the things that I got for Christmas, I could say that I had an awesome time and I hope you did as well. Now, it's time to get ready for the new year!

Also, if you're interested, you can read about what I got for last year's Christmas right here, hint: it's the time I got my camera.

Disclosure: I am in no way sponsored by any brands / companies mentioned in this post. These were gifts and bought from my own money, all opinions / statements made are based off on my own experience.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

BeautyMNL Shopping Experience + Haul

For the past few months, I haven't had the time to go makeup / skin care shopping because whenever I do head to the mall, it's always to get some clothes or shoes and knowing me, shopping for clothes or shoes is already time consuming. I do get to do a quick walk around the beauty section at times but only manage to get 1 or 2 products, which is fine, though I miss just taking my time and going through everything I could see. 

Thankfully, I can do online shopping at BeautyMNL which saves me a whole lot of hassle from traffic and tight spaces at the mall especially during this time since Christmas is coming. 

If you didn't know, BeautyMNL the number one beauty site in the Philippines. The reason for this is because they are partnered with brands that you may have seen in and out of social media with all the products that are raved by beauty junkies as well as new brands to try out.

So, as you are entering the site, you can see the easy navigation of the website with their promos, top brands, best sellers, new arrivals and a navigation for the specifics like skin care, makeup, organic ones, accessories and so on. The site also has a price selection option which is very helpful if you're in a hurry but on a budget.

What I like best about browsing through their products is the reviews section. People who has bought these products rate and share their experiences on using it. This is very helpful when picking out which shade would look best and where and when is the product recommended to use for. Some lipsticks offer a photo of how each shade would look on different skin tones which is a must since not every shade will look the same for each person.

So for the shopping cart, it's pretty much on the top of the navigation bar which is convenient for when you need to edit out your cart and delete or add more things into it. Once you're done shopping, you can now proceed to checkout. There are different modes of payment that you could choose from like credit card payment or paypal, bank deposit or even a cash on delivery (though I rarely see this one).

So the waiting game begins! This is usually the most annoying part of online shopping since you would have to wait and wonder when will your order arrive. BeautyMNL has a tab where you could track your orders. You would be able to see if the payment has been received, when it's processing and when it's on its way plus an email notification when your order is shipped / with their courier and on its way to your shipping address.

I did my online shopping during December 09, 2016 (Friday), and usually they do next day delivery, but since it's the weekend, my order was delivered December 12, 2016 (Monday) which is pretty much the earliest day they could get it to my place. Pretty convenient and surprising since shipping at my place usually takes 2-3 working days for it to arrive.

Ok, so for the exciting part, the unboxing! I actually have the actual video of me unboxing or pretty much giving you guys a rundown of the products that I got during my vlogmas series on youtube here:

A little disclosure, I've been personally handpicked by BeautyMNL to do a test run of their site.

List of the things that I got (Click the name for the direct link and prices to each of the products).

I saw that these little things are selling like crazy! I was suppose to get 2 of them, the other one was Rosy Pink but it sold out before I even got to check out. I'm just so into Lip and Cheek tints lately that I'm so excited to try this out.

Some Filipino and Korean Beauty gurus that I watch on youtube has raved about this face mask so I really wanted to try it out, but the location where you could buy this was way too far from my place so I'm actually happy that I was able to get this here and I got two.

Okay, so to be honest, I'm all out of Dry Shampoo so I definitely needed one since I don't wash my hair every single day. This dry shampoo has been very well reviewed that I decided to try it out. 

Makeup sponges are one of the things that I take so much time on cleaning and hopefully, this'll lessen the time I need to finish it up.

I haven't owned a lipgloss since 2013, and that was the year when "matte" was starting to make its way into the trend of lip products, long story short, I just got sucked in, loved matte lipsticks and never got a lip gloss until now. I remember loving how lip glosses looked on me before so I'm really excited to get back into using it again.

I swear I get lured into buying lipsticks all the time. This one, I saw was really cheap and from a brand that I haven't heard of before. Most of the other shades were already sold out, I picked Dublin instead but hey, it still looks pretty.

So those are the items that I got and just so everyone knows, shipping is absolutely free until December 23, 2016! If you plan on doing some last minute Christmas shopping, now's your chance!

Also, if you are a selfie lover like me, BeautyMNL has a contest running for you to win a Printster polaroid of your pretty face and a PHP 200 BeautyMNL gift certificate. All you need to do is join BeautyMNL's #selfieMNL contest! Click here for the complete details.

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