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Bikini Ready Countdown

I am now counting the days until we finally leave for our deserved vacation and have our fun in the sun. I’ve been looking around Pinterest for some bikinis and sarongs to wear at the beaches and of course other summer wearables, gearing up for some chilling and relaxation. It’s time to chillax.

Here are my vacation essentials:

Swimsuit

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Shorts

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Lace top

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T-shirt

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Sandals

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Flip Flops

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Breakfast Bagel

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Yes ladies and gentlemen, it’s another bagel post but don’t you just lurve them? You can have them with sweet spreads, sour, or salty. They’re great and we’re loving them. Have them for any time of the day, warmed or at room temperature.

What’s in it:

  • cream cheese (Cantadou Garli & Herb)
  • single slice cheese (Emmentaler)
  • bacon strips (Malbuner)
  • ham (Coop Naturaplan)
  • fried egg

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Make Up Reorganization

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Yes, it’s that time of the year wherein I have a need to let go of what I don’t have a use for anymore or that aren’t good anymore. I don’t really have a lot of make up, they just tend to accumulate even when I don’t use them anymore but I still know which are the good ones. Thank goodness for my make up bags, saving me from disastrous breakouts.

The best way I thought of when I started organizing my makeup when I started having more to store is how I organize my desk. I ask myself “What items/supplies will I be using more often?”, “What should be easy to reach?”, and “What else would be left that needs to be stored?” Here are my top 4 beauty assistants.

1. Makeup Drawer

I use it to store the makeup I don’t use everyday or they depend on the season on event for me to use them. I switch foundations seasonally since I obviously get darker in the summer and then I have a lighter skin tone the rest of the year from being indoors more often. I don’t always use blushes, lipsticks, glosses, eyeshadows, or eyeliners with shimmer unless I’m going to an event or something so they’re also stored in the drawer.

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2. Makeup Bag

Yes I have two of them. They make it easy to grab what I use daily and if ever I’m rushing, I can easily take my grey makeup bag to finish the rest of my routine wherever it is I need to be. The most important part of my routine is to moisturize, which means as long as I’ve completed that step the rest can follow. The red bag contains my serum, BB cream, foundation, eye primer, pore minimizer, and lip balm. Anything that’s for moisturizing like my hand cream also goes into the red bag. The grey makeup bag holds the rest of my regular makeup like eyeliner, blush, bronzing powder, face powder, mascara, lipstick, and lip gloss.

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3. Brush holder

This is very handy because I can easily grab the brush I need for every step when I am applying eye makeup, face powder, blush and when I need to curl my lashes. As you can see, I also use it to hold the rest of my eyeliners that are more colorful which is great because even if it isn’t a special day and I feel like I want to use the red, blue or even gold eyeliner then I can quickly grab it upon seeing it and actually remember that I have them.

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4. Storage Box

For the eye shadow palettes and makeup sets that don’t fit in the drawer, I keep in these Kassett storage boxes from Ikea. Not all palettes come in the same shapes or sizes and especially not the seasonal or special edition sets which makes the box practical and useful.

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Just like my night time routine, I also have a morning/day routine for makeup. It is just as important to start my day with healthy skin that I can work with. Skincare is of utmost importance since it’s at the forefront when I go out. Below is a photo of what both makeup bags contain as part of my daily routine, excluding my mask, toner, and cleanser.

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It may look like there’s so much stuff and things to do when you’re a girl at a certain age that has certain needs but it pays off when you get older and even more if you started wearing makeup at a younger age despite not needing it. Proper skin care goes a long way.

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The “Cleopatra Bob”

A little heads up for you my dear readers/viewers. You’ll be seeing more scheduled posts as I will be away spending a deserved trip to Manila with my hubby but feel free to stop by as you wish.

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As part of my pre-trip prep, I already know that we’re going at the hottest time of the year so a big decision was made to cut my hair  really short after letting it grow so long for at least 7 years since the last time I had it cut short. If you recall one of my Instagram posts wherein my hair stylist, Juliano, from Room of Design and I took a wefie, once again I went back to him but this time for a completely and long-termish new look. Noting the summer season, I decided to have it above-the-shoulders short, hence the Cleo Bob hairstyle. He gave me options because there are varations but I think this option is the best. There are times when I have second thoughts about having bangs but apparently the French Smile is the way to go since it not only balances the depth of features from my crown to my neck but it highlights the best features of my face which of course are my eyes and the length of my hair for my jawline and neck.

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Whenever you want to do something with your hair that is completely new to you and you don’t have an actual stylist, consult one anyway. They understand the condition of your hair, maybe from the last style you can’t make the new one happen until you’ve let it grow enough to make your new style. Or even that your hair is damaged due to varying weather conditions that you need to treat it first in order to have the outcome you desired. Even better, upon asking him if the style fits my face structure, and my overall look he made it even better, hence the options he gave me.

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They are a really big help when you want to make a change. Even with skin care it helps to consult a professional because you could end up purchasing the wrong products instead of what your skin really needs. It is the same for hair care. I work in the F&B industry, and even more I work with food handling, which means I actually limit the styles I can do with my hair. Having long hair it must be completely up otherwise there would be a hygiene issue when we are controlled. Also there should be a professional image to uphold at Sbux so nothing too fancy either. I’m not working 100% capacity since I’m still in school so I still want to look good outside work style limitations.

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Time is another issue, it might be that I have an early shift and then I had an evening class the day before that my study hours and hubby hours in-between are cut short just for me to wake up early enough to prep myself before leaving for work. Too much hassle, right? but that’s mostly the case and my concern on a weekly basis. These details are also key information for your stylist because then he or she knows or understands what you need and what can make you happy and less if not hassle-free. So the next cut, style or color you decide to do with your hair, try consulting first. You might be surprised at how much you don’t really know about hair care and maintenance as you should. Not all but there will be.

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Meatballs and Potatoes

20150225_195206I had so much time today before my appointment with my hairstylist, Juliano. Yes I will post how my hair looks like now since it’s such a change. I’ve been used to having my hair long and playing with it’s length but we’ve now chopped off so much of it but worth it. I managed to do my facial routine, clean the apartment, laundry, a quick stop at the grocery and have a chat with a friend of mine who also works at Sbux. This day was very productive and I feel like I have so much energy but the most important part of this day is what I prepared for dinner.

I made meatballs and baked potatoes that I missed having back home in Manila. There are just some things you can’t live without.

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