Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The 30-day Writing My Life Challenge (Day 1) : The Story Behind My Profile Photo

I was browsing Facebook yesterday when I stumbled upon this 30-day Writing My Life Challenge (thanks, Pam Pastor for this!) And so I thought to myself, "Why not?" Besides I am trying to get that groove back of updating my blog on a daily basis so I think this is a good idea. I won't be promising that I'll be able to commit 100% though, but I promise that I will try my best. 
So that there will be some sort of surprise, I won't be revealing the whole calendar for this activity in one go. You'll only get to know what the post is about on the day I'd be writing about it.  For those who would want to do the same, send me an email at admin@iambrigitte.com and I'll send you the entire calendar for this activity or see it from Pam's IG at @pajammy.
Today, it will be about the story behind my profile photo:
This was taken by me sometime in 2011. I woke up feeling shitty.  I was having one of those days and since I had no choice but to still come to work that day, I jut decided to look well and "happy." If you've been reading my blog for years, you'd know that I have what I call my "Happy Friday" posts. It's when I would post colorful FOTDs (Face of the Day) every Friday because well, who wouldn't be happy if it's almost the weekend? I did this look on a Tuesday (or was it a Wednesday?) and my colleagues who know about my Happy Friday looks started wondering if it's already a Friday. Hahaha!
I did feel better come mid-day.  Indeed, putting on makeup makes me happy. Too shallow?  Well, whatever!
I know what you're thinking...why on earth have I not updated my photo yet? I just really like my makeup here. That's all.
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- BER Months Na!

Homayghad,  - BER months na!


But seriously, you know what happens once we start with the -BER months.  Before you know it, it's Christmas already.  Yep, that's how time flies most especially during -BER months.  Kaya as early as now, start with your Gift List na and if you have extra moolah to spare, start buying na. So you don't end up going crazy doing last minute shopping. And worse, end up going beyond your budget.  Planning is the key, and preparing early.

Naks, if only I'd follow my own advice. Hahaha!

For this year, I don't think Mr. X and I would be going home for the holidays.  He took the December - January leave last year and now it's somebody else's turn.  Also, we're planning to do "it" either late this year or early next year so there will be a lot of preparations to do prior.  And lastly, walang budget! Hahaha.   I really wish we could go home for the holidays and be with our families. Iba talaga ang Pasko sa Pinas. My fellow OFWs would agree, yes!?

Hopefully, everything gets sorted out and then maybe we can bring my Mom and my Aunt over after the holidays.  Good thing Mom's ticket will be free starting December (thanks to my gorgeous FA sister!)  so it'll only be my Aunt's ticket that we need to pay for. Hmm..and of course the pasyal, food and well, some shopping?   Hahaha!

Oh well...I'm keeping my fingers crossed that all these things would push thru as planned. Sabi nga nila, "Think Positive!"  YEBAH!

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

My Latest Addiction: Plug and Clay Accessories

Oh yes, you've read that right. My addiction nowadays is not makeup, but rather these cute accessories from Plug and Clay. Mind you, aside from being locally made (Pinas), they are made from porcelain clay and are hand-made!

I initially started with 50 pairs because I thought of giving these cuties as pasalubong to my friends when I get back in Dubai.  But after seeing them, I ordered another 20 pairs.   And since they come out with new styles so often, I don't think I'm gonna stop from ordering soon.

Check out some of their available styles:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Dr. Woods Castile Soap: My Brushes' New Bestfriend

And so I'm back, from outer space
I just walked it and find you here with that sad look upon your face
la la la
Okaaaay...I just want to say Hi, my loves sorry for being MIA again. As you all know, I was home in PH for more than a month and now I'm back here in the sandpit again.  It's been a week, and I still feel that I left my heart back in PH.   I've said this before and I'll say it again, nothing feels like being at home than being in Pinas.  Bali-baligtarin man ang mundo, mas gusto ko pa din sa aking bayang sinilangan.  I honestly didn't want to go back, I was crying endlessly after I got inside the plane and I just couldn't stop. I've been missing my family like crazy, most especially my Mom, who has been my buddy since I got home.  I wish I could stay.  But there are certain things that people must sacrifice for the meantime in exchange of something greater.  I just tell myself that in time, I'd be with my family again. Who knows, me and Mr. X might just decide that we'd rather be in Pinas after all?  Hah, that would be the day. For now, lemme focus on things I must do.  It's gonna be hard but I know, despite the distance, my family will always be supportive of me. And of course, Mr. X too.
So let's just go back to the usual grind here on my blog, shall we?  And today let me share with you one of my great buys when I was in Manila. This might be available here, but not so sure really.

Dr. Woods Castile Soap in Lavander
(Php 250)
My Mom was at Healthy Options for her monthly shopping spree of her lotions and supplements when I remember about this soap. Actually, I was thinking of Dr. Bronners soap but they don't have it and then I saw this.  I remember reading a review about this in the past saying that it's a good brush cleaner.  I've been using the Clean Brush Shampoo for quite a while now and it's not that I no longer like it, it's just that I'm always looking for new stuff to try and yes, cheaper alternatives.  This is priced at (more or less) Php250, so I told myself "Why not?"  So I got one and Mom wanted one for herself too, after telling her it's a brush cleaner.  If in the past I'm the one who gets influenced by her, now it's the other way around. Hahaha!
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints in Blushing, Elude and Hot Mess

I've been lemming over the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks since I first saw swatches online, but the "occasional" kuripot in me kept myself from giving in, so I haven't bought a single tube until now.  So whenever I drop by Sephora, I just try to appease myself by swatching them (kahit paulit-ulit na) and keep on reminding myself that I don't really need them.  I have a lot of lipsticks already and I am not really a lipstick-person to begin with, so why add more to that "unnecessary" clutter?  But then again I remember that it's what I love doing...trying out new/old stuff so I can write about it and share my two cents via this blog.  And besides, I can't really say No to makeup.  If you can, hat's off. But if you are like me, then let's do a high five!

So when I came across a blog post about the "SAVE" version of the Too Faced Melted Lipsticks, I got really excited to get my hands on them. A lot of people have been saying that they are the cheaper alternative while some people say otherwise. I have to try it out and see for myself, but I am not really fond of buying makeup online. Not unless I've tried the products before. I really prefer seeing them and swatching them first.  So for the meantime, I just put these Glazed Lip Paints in my list of What-To-Buy (among other things, hahah!) when I get home to PH, because I heard that these babies are already available in SM.  And so when I got the chance to go to SM, you pretty much know what happened next.  (wink!)

There's a number of shades available, including the usual baby and hot pinks but I only got these three:

Glazed Lip Paints swatches
L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints

These Glazed Lip Paints give the intensely pigmented appearance of a lipstick with the ease and glossy finish of a lip gloss.  

Glazed Lip Paints swatches
Blushing - Elude - Hot Mess

Glazed Lip Paints swatches
Blushing - Elude - Hot Mess

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