Wednesday, October 27, 2010

considerable overindulgence

Have you ever seen the coffee commercial asking, "Ikaw, para kanino ka bumabangon?" When I last saw it, funny that Forever 21 popped into my mind. =) Not that it's my reason for waking up each day. It's just that it was the reason I was up so early last Friday, Oct.15.

Admittedly, I lost never developed lost {ok, I'd use lost for the sake of my being} my discipline in waking up early for work. I am privileged to have a job that offers flexible working hours, that's why. Privileged in that sense, under privileged in the sense that It should be 9hrs/day, what can be worse? Anyway, I usually make it to the office at around 9 or 1o, and that is if nothing unfortunate happened, like having a bad hair day, going through the i-have-nothing-to-wear dilemma or my makeup just won't seem to cooperate. But last Friday was different. I woke up at around 6.3oam and by 8am I was already sitting in my office chair. I was also in the mood for work that I started working as soon as I sat there. All because I want to escape the four corners of my cubicle as early as 5pm. Though I wasn't able to escape that early, past 6pm I was already at the mall starting my agony, err shopping.

I headed STRAIGHT to Forever 21. As expected it was jam-packed with fashionistas from all over the metro, from different walks of life. I spent hours choosing clothes, fitting them and lining up for the cashier. I went out with just three pieces of clothes, imagine that. =( I had a brown cardigan, gray swing top and a green printed top {which by the way is lola-ish according to the bitchy sisters}. I had to leave the place as I was dead tired {was in my favorite white HEELS} and I was starving. Alone, I had dinner in Mrs. Fields. If you may call muffin and iced latte as dinner. I was kind of frustrated with what I got so I decided to comeback. Yes I was brave enough to endure the same suffering. Luckily, lesser people and shorter lines. I got another black cardigan and black long sleeves. Almost 11pm and still not contented, I headed home. After all, I still have forever to shop. *wink*

my Forever 21 shopping finds


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maybe she's born with it

Maybe it's Maybelline.

I definitely got my new addiction and it's making my thin wallet thinner. I need rehab!

Tadaaa! My new addiction is Maybelline, anything Maybelline. This started two Saturdays ago when I bought my can't live withouts, powder, lipstick and mascara. I went back to the basics months ago so I only need those three. But then this Maybelline girl offered what they call the Empire Card. According to her, by buying those items I'll have that sort of loyalty card FOR FREE. Okay, so that is the only thing I need to hear to accept her offer.

stolen from their page

what's inside
one will be needing 5o stickers to complete this
and 5o multiplied by 249 is? NEVER MIND?


So how does this Empire Card work? Here's what's written there.

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Just follow these 5 simple steps to earn rewards with the Maybelline New York Empire Card!

EARN POINTS
1. Every P249 purchase from Maybelline New York earns you one (1) sticker. Each sticker is equivalent to one (1) point.

2. The balance from your previous purchase exceeding P249 can be carried over to your next purchase, allowing you to earn more points. Just don't forget to keep your receipt.

REDEEM REWARDS


3. Use your points to redeem any Maybelline New York product in our Empire Card Rewards List1.

4. You can claim your rewards at any participating Maybelline counter2.

ENJOY PERKS
5. As an Empire Card holder, you can enjoy not only rewards, but exclusive promotions as well! Reaching a new Empire Card Color Level will allow you to experience members-only perks and privileges. For example, certain perks available to Platinum Level Empire Card holders may not be available to Silver Level Empire Card holders. So hurry and climb up the Maybelline New York Empire Card!

1 Visit http://www.facebook.com/maybellinephilippines to view the Empire Card Rewards List and the list of participating Maybelline counters where you can redeem your points.

2 Availability of rewards are on a first-come, first-served basis. Points can't be combined with cash to redeem an item.

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I am definitely adding Maybelline to my Facebook 'likes'!!

But before that, I am giving you a glimpse of what I have got so far.
  • Clear Smooth Extra Shine Free Powder Foundation, in Natural
Been using this since it came out. I love how it hides my imperfections especially in photos. How can you not love that?

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  • Clear Smooth Minerals Instant Skin Perfecting Cream
It's the BB cream that gave me huge zits about a month ago so I stopped using it. I'll give it another try when my love-hate relationship with my hormones get better.

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  • Diamond Glow by Eyestudio, in 01 Copper Brown
I just bought this last Wednesday and so far I am loving it. I'm learning how to put on my ES again.

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  • Impact Express Smooth Felt Liner
I've never been a fan of liquid eyeliner. I have tried Nichido before and how it hurt my lids was unbelievable. Now this one is gentle and I am amazed on how easy it glides on my peepers. Good buy.

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  • Unstoppable Curly Extension
I think I'm liking it better than Loreal's Telescopic Clean. Or maybe I'm being biased. ;)

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  • Watershine Pure, in BC11
Not a very good color for my dark lips, gotta buy something better. I am drinking pearl shake when I bought this so I didn't feel like trying so many colors on. Lesson learned.

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  • Lip Smooth Color and Care, in Cranberry Jam and Cherry
Color wise Cherry is better, smell wise I'd go for Cranberry. Because the Cherry smells like air freshener and the Cranberry doesn't color your lips at all.

here's what I've got so far
plus the VS silver kikay kit, courtesy of Grace

Note: I really do not have Blush on my list because as I have said I have this love-hate relationship with my hormones and its kinda attacking my right cheek right now. I am trying my very best to defend it. I hope I win the battle.

So there. I have confessed my addiction. For as long as it doesn't seriously hurt my finances, I have no plans of overcoming it. Got to post FOTDs soon. =)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

I think it's LOVE! {for Mother Nature}

I know I got you with my title. *wink*

Tell me if its weird but I feel like it's my responsibility to update this blog. I already ticked off few items from my list and I feel I have some sort of unfinished business 'coz I haven't posted them here yet. I thought I need to come up with three blog entries to get the updating done then I realized they all have something in common. If you don't get that common thing I'm talking about, you can just come back when you're smarter. {I don't get this bitchy in real life, btw. Heehee.} Thank goodness they do because right at this very moment my laziness won't allow my depleting braincells to come up with three worth reading blog entries.

my #14 Run A Marathon
10.10.10 Run for Pasig River

With their target number of runners participants, they could have named their event 'Walk for Pasig River'. That would make it more appropriate {sense my disappoint, please}. Though I have been warned of what could possibly happen, it is still, again, DISAPPOINTING. :( While I was there and I realized I was not running after all, I had second thoughts of considering it a reality of my goal. I guess I'll have to run another marathon {a real fun run this time} to have that sense of fulfillment. You know how I hate to not be completely satisfied of something. On the brighter side, I still finished the 3km WALK {is the emphasis enough?}, managed to claim my finisher's band, got to be part of another history and contributed a little something to the restoration of that beloved river. I should still feel good, I know.

the run left me with these memorabilia
i am keeping them!
not in the photo: finisher's band

the finisher's band
tell me it's worth all the sweat, tell meeee!!

my running mates? hahaha
because the election is just around the corner

my #3 Go Mountain Climbing
09.25.2010 Mt. Batulao Climb

Don't you just love friends who, even unintentionally, are able to help you out with your goals? Well, I do. Right the next morning after I first posted my little project over my blog, an irresistible offer came. A friend sent me an IM asking if I want to be able to cross out an item on my list on the coming weekend. Jokingly, I said 'kung papaakyatin mo ko ng bundok ngaung sabado, ayaw ko' {or at least something like that}. True to what was supposedly a joke, they indeed have plans of climbing Mt. Batulao on the coming weekend. I initially said no because for one, I am unprepared {Lord knows I super hate being unprepared} and next, the closest friend {aren't you touched?} can't go with us. After few days of much thinking, I decided to go with them. Lucky for me, the friend was also able to make it to the climb, flight back to Manila got moved and all, thank heavens. I also had the time of my life Thursday and Friday night before the climb to go shopping for some sort of appropriate apparel.

And the Batulao experience? It was crazy cool. It has always been like that with friends like them anyway. And you know what? I feel proud my ass didn't fell flat on the Batulao trails. I survived the climb without so much of hardships except during the night on our way home when my thighs {I call 'em my jelly jelly by the way} and knees hurt like hell. I was claiming I developed rheumatism due to Tagaytay's extreme coldness and the mother and sister would only laugh at me {sige na, ikaw na ang may rayuma! haha!} And even after a day or two, I still felt half dead. But all is good now. I am alive and kickin' and my list just got shorter by one.

more mountains to go?

video

my #15 Do Something for Mother Nature
08.21.2010 Tree Planting in Marikina Watershed

This happened even before I was able to come up with my list. So parang sinali ko lang talaga sya para one down na ko. Kidding. I really have the heart for activities like this. I even want to join coastal clean up drives and the likes.

Anyway, the tree planting activity was held in Marikina Watershed. I actually texted a friend leaving in Marikina that I'll be dropping by their house for lunch but ironically, the venue was in Antipolo. Why didn't they call it Antipolo Watershed for goodness' sake?

Fast forward to the actual tree planting activity, I felt like I risked my life just to plant four {yes just four, I'm so sorry} wildlings. I expected we'll plant in plain lands, but far from what I expected we planted on steep mountains. I know I can climb mountains but it's totally different when it doesn't have trails. You are totally clueless on how to get to the next spot you'll be planting your wildlings on. Sure you can see the bamboo sticks as indicators but it's hard to figure out how you'll be able to get yourself there, where to step next, where to hold. I wish my words are enough to explain how difficult the experience was for me. And to Silina and Sheena as well, for sure.

Despite how hard it was, come next tree planting offering I will still sign up and volunteer. It's the least I can do for the environment. {And since when I became an environmentalist? Hahaha!}

oo, haggard ako >.<

with the other volunteers
can you even see me?

**credits to jabey, tin and jigs for the pics 


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