Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Finding the perfect dog breed with PuppySpot

Flora, my Morkie (Maltese/Yorkie mix). Well, she's more of my mom's baby.

I am not shy about my love for my dogs on this blog. In fact, I named it after Flora, our 3-year old Morkie photographed above. I had a few other blog names in mind until I found out that they were already taken.

3 years ago, my mom decided she wanted a puppy. It was pretty shocking considering that she was a neat freak and that my dad REFUSED to have cats or dogs. He grew up in the northeast countryside of the Philippines where his parents owned a lot of farmland, and he had a lot of pets (cats, dogs, horses, cattle...you name it). But they weren't the homebody companion type of pets as we know of. They were all outdoors. So his idea of having pets inside the home (with the exception of fish, parakeets, and hamsters, which were the other pets I used to have) made him feel squeamish.

However, my mom and I were searching on the internet for Shi Tzus and other small dogs that she was interesting in. My sister suggested that we go to the local shelter. Thank God we went out the same day, because I found and fell in love with Aristotle "Aris". He was a really shy pup and did not want to leave the bed in his kennel. I almost got his next-door neighbor, Cowboy, a long-haired chihuahua. But another couple wanted him, so minutes before the shelter was about to close, I decided that I wanted to meet Aris first. And my mom, nephew and I were placed in a small room to meet him and see if we were a match. Aris was jumping all over me and licking me. It was love at first meet.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

It's getting real—Our wedding invitations!

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Hey ladies! How has everything been?! I've been trying to make room for blogging but now that Cecilio and I are less than 2 months out before our wedding, we've been crazy busy.

February will be packed with paying our final dues for our vendors, more DIY projects, private tasting for the food we will serve, buying gifts for our entourage, getting our marriage license, private dance lessons for our first dance, meetings with vendors, waiting for RSVPs to roll in (our deadline is on February 15, our 8-year anniversary!), picking up my dress from alterations, and my bridal shower. Oh yeah, and finding a place to live. 

But first, I want to show you guys the invitations that I've slaved over since last month, and we just mailed them today (YAY!)

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Top 10 Beauty Brands for Women of Color

As an NC 40 Filipino/Indian gal, I find it a bit of a challenge when I fall in love with a blush (or lipstick shade) that simply just doesn't flatter my skin tone. Even if it looks gorgeous on a woman on the internet with my skin tone, it somehow looks better on her. Oh, I also know the frustration of trying to look for a foundation that would best match me. When I reviewed the L'Oreal Pro Glow Foundation, I had to mix 2 shades in order to match me perfectly, and the majority of their shades were mainly for those with fairer skin. Lets also not forget about the models of color who have to bring in their own foundation because the makeup artist doesn't provide such a shade.

What constitutes as a beauty brand that caters to ethnic women? (Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, Hispanic, African, etc.)?

Do their foundations carry a wide variety of skin tones, from porcelain to ebony? Do they have cool, neutral and warm undertones?

Do they have a wide variety of blushes, eyeshadows and lipsticks that would show up on a woman's skin and not make her look muddy?

Do they use ethnic models in their marketing and promotional materials?

Do their mission and vision statements embrace diversity?

Now, when I refer to beauty brands catered towards women of color, I am not trying to exclude fair-skinned women. In fact, all of the brands mentioned below have shades for lighter skin. It is just that while the beauty industry has been embracing diversity in recent years, there is always room for improvement. 

That is why I have researched, tested and picked the best 10 beauty brands for WOC below.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

LUSH Luxury Pud Bath Bomb

I don't pamper myself in the bathtub that much, but when I do, I am in a state of euphoria.

Friday, January 13, 2017

5 Things I hate about the Wedding Industrial Complex (WIC)

Yay! I can't believe I am getting married in over 2 months. I am so very blessed to be spending my life with Cecilio. We met 10 years ago, and little did we know we would end up together. And to boot, we are going to have a gorgeous and fun wedding. As my friend Nalee said, it's going to be "lit".

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil

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I don't like it when my makeup looks cakey. You can have the most expensive primers, foundations, and powders, but if you don't use proper skincare, there's no point of spending all that money on makeup. This year, I am trying to focus more on taking care of my skin. But when I read about the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Oil, I was intrigued. A skincare and a makeup product rolled in a bottle?! Wow!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Wet 'n' Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipsticks (Give Me Mocha, Berry Recognize, Video Vixen)

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Love it or hate it, the liquid lipstick trend isn't going away. In fact, several brands have started to release their own versions: Urban Decay, Morphe, Makeup Geek, and Burberry. I did not want to splurge on any of the above, but when I found out that Wet 'n' Wild was releasing their own set of liquid lipsticks with gorgeous shades (and a reasonable price), my interest piqued.