October Beauty Favorites

What a month October has been! And Happy Halloween! I always spend the end of October every year, having a Halloween combined with a belated birthday party at my house or at my sisters house, with all of our family and friends. This year, I was a box of crayons at our Saturday party:

I'm so blessed and thankful for the friends that I have, and how much thought they have put into thinking of me, and spending time with me. I got some pretty neat birthday presents too (expect more reviews coming your way!), but the most important thing is the relationships with my loved ones.

My love/hate relationship with Filipino food.

I have a deep, dark, confession to make.

Forever 27

Today I am 27. I have officially entered the "late 20s" realm. Wow. There's a part of me that still feels (and looks) like I'm still in my early 20s.

Makeup tips + hacks for eyeglass wearers

When I was as young as 8 years old, I would purposely dim the lights while I would read or do my homework so that I could be able to wear glasses. I wanted to appear smart. That carried on in 8th grade when I bought fake glasses from Claire's and took an awful school photo with them, with pigtails! I was in such an awkward phase. Then, when freshman year of high school rolled around, I had a poser-punk phase where I wore black, fishnets, heavy black eyeliner, safety pins, and thick black-rimmed fake glasses from Hot Topic (a rocker's dream store). This was while I was (still am) living in suburbia/uber-family-oriented land aka Elk Grove (10 minutes from Sacramento). Yeah. I was hardcore. SMH.

Birthday Beauty Wishlist Wednesday

Wow, can you believe that I will be turning 27 exactly next week?! There are a few things I have been wanting for my little beauty arsenal, but I have been modest about spending on makeup this month in favor of wedding items (postage for save-the-dates! Now it's time to do the decor and buy envelopes for the invitations!) and bills. Cecilio has been asking me to make a wishlist so that he doesn't buy me something I would hate. I've just been saying, I just want your love... or pay a bill... because even though I have my guilty pleasures material-wise, I am trying to be more practical. Of course since it's going to be my special day, I do deserve of those pleasures. We all do. So what have I been eyeing?

3 MAC Lipsticks I want to empty

As I was sorting out my makeup to store in my new organizer, I found a few full bags of lipsticks. Then I started hating myself and regretting how much lip products I bought, especially when I haven't been using them that often. But I will use that energy to actually use those damn lipsticks.

Things to do + remember while you're job hunting

Searching endlessly for jobs that matches your skills, qualifications, experiences, applying, submitting your resume and cover letter, only to get rejected for an interview (or landing the interview only to not get the offer) is demoralizing. It's especially so when you grew up being told "if you go to university and get your Bachelor's degree, a job will be waiting for you and you will be making bank" only to have mounds of student loan debt and applying for entry level jobs. So how do you cope?

Fall Berry Lip Dupe: Anastasia Beverly Hills vs. L'Oreal

It's time to break out the berries in this chilly autumn season! While I adore the Anastasia Beverly Hills liquid lipsticks, I don't adore the cost. Which is why I try to steer clear from it. One of my favorite shades is Craft, which is described as sangria. In other words, it's a medium–deep plum. I love this shade because it is universally flattering on all skin tones and is not too purple, so it's definitely wearable on the regular. But if there is no Sephora available or if you can't/won't spend the $20, I have an alternative option: L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Gloss in Forbidden Kiss.

Our weekend getaway to Los Angeles

Cecilio and I have been talking about wanting to go to LA year to visit some beaches, Disneyland, Griffith Observatory, and to visit his lifelong best friend Carlos (who works at Disneyland!) We were actually supposed to go in August, but all of those plans went down the drain when his 2004 Honda Civic started overheating and went to pot and had to buy a new car, so there was no more money for Disneyland.

We actually planned to go to LA this past weekend because I have been trying to get an office assistant or office technician job with the California state government. But in order to even apply for those state jobs, you have to take an exam first and rank high to qualify for your desired position. There was an exam in LA on the 8th, and I was on the page 15 minutes before clicking to self-schedule the exam, and what do you know? The link was broken, and I called Human Resources, and the automated message told me that all of the exams were full. For those of you who don't know, trying to get JUST an exam to apply for a state job in California is like trying to go through the eye of a needle (unless if you're applying for a position that has an online exam). It is especially competitive for those trying to get an office assistant position.

So even though I was not able to get into the exam, we still booked our hotel days prior, and we were determined to have a blast. LA is a 6 hour drive from Sacramento, and it's a straight drive going from I-5. It's long, but easy (until you hit the infamous LA traffic). I even drove for an hour while Cecilio took a nap until my stomach started to hurt and I needed to stop to use the restroom. Here's a little photo travel diary for our 2 nights in SoCal:

Fall Blush Faves

Those days of coral and hot pink blushes are over...for now. Now that fall is here, it's time to whip out some of the deeper, plum-like shades of blush. But just because you're not feeling a vampy kind of flush, doesn't mean you can't rock other shades this season! Nudes, mauves and golds are also all in the range. I've got enough cool-weather blushes to write this post AND to keep my from buying more (although I have been eyeing the NARS shade in Outlaw...), but writing this post will give me an incentive to use these babies and even hit pan. And it can give you an idea of what hot shades to get during this season if you're looking for a new shade in your arsenal!

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in "Project Chimps"

I've always been a fan of Kat Von D's liquid lipsticks ever since I got my hands on the shade Berlin last year. Well, some shades are hit or miss for me. Like Lolita (it did not look flattering on me, but I did end up buying Lolita II), and Double Dare (it was too light for me, so I just gave it to Cecilio's sister as one of my Christmas gifts). Other shades, like Bauhau5, I have been eyeing on. Well, when I found out last month that Kat Von D was releasing a limited edition shade, Project Chimps, I needed to get my hands on it. This warm brick red is everything, and came just in time for fall.