March Beauty Favorites + Obvious Life Updates


Hello beauties!

March has been a whirlwind of a month for me. For those who have been following my blog, you know that I got married on the 18th to the love of my life, my best friend whom I have known for 10 years and dated for 8 years. 2 days after the wedding, we went to Playa del Carmen, Mexico for our honeymoon. It was a week's worth of swimming, relaxation, adventure, and eating amazing food. Expect a few upcoming posts in regards to the wedding and honeymoon soon, and definitely expect the professional photos when we get them in May. I also shopped for Mexican makeup brands, so I will be posting about a haul in a bit. Oh, can I mention that during our whole stay in Mexico, my lips were insanely soft and moisturized? I did not have a single flake or chapped lip. Now in Northern California, I'm suffering again. The humidity there was pretty good for my lips. I could go on and on about how soft, plump and healthy my lips felt.

Oh, and now our wedding coordinator found my blog because I posted our food tasting day onto the Facebook Page and tagged the restaurant, whom in turn shared my post. So she brought it up during our last meeting, and has been so excited to read the upcoming posts about the wedding. Also, my cousin Johanna found out about this blog when I tagged Cecilio on a few of my photos using our wedding hashtag #chsugarforever on Instagram, and she started following it. As much as I try to keep this blog a secret in person, I don't mind that they know. If it was an immediate family member or someone I knew from high school, then that would make me shudder.


Never forget your medications again with PillDrill*

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Most of the time, I am really good about taking my medications on time. Sometimes I am an hour or so late or early, but I never miss a bit. Scratch that, I have not been taking my medications except for keppra (my seizure medication). I have been having so many issues with the doctors I have been seeing before I got kicked out of UC Davis Medical Center due to insurance issues with Medi-Cal. Now that I am in the process of going under Cecilio's insurance as his wife, I will be able to see my UC Davis doctors again. I've just been having a horrible experience with the PCP I've been seeing (along with her front desk receptionist) because of how they have refused to give me my medications (and how abhorrent their systems are), but I will save that for another post.

But even after I take keppra, I have a freakout hours later, worrying as to whether I took it that night. It happens after midnight, so I rush downstairs to make extra sure that I took it earlier. And I do, it's just that paranoia ingrained in me, and the fear of getting a seizure (but praise God I haven't had one in almost 3 years, and pray that I will get my meds refilled on time so I won't get one again). I set reminders on my phone at 8 am, 8:30 am, 8 pm, and 8:30 pm to take my meds (I take keppra at 9 am and 9 pm, everyday), but even then it's easy to overlook those reminders.

But PillDrill* will help me remember to take my medications on time and even record it for me, so I don't have another freakout about taking them.

JUST MARRIED


It's 1:15 am right now and I'm pretty bleary eyed, and I'm blogging through the Blogger app on my phone (which keeps kicking me out) instead of my laptop. So my pictures aren't at the 550 px you're used to seeing. I'm in my husband's (I'm still adjusting to saying that) house...or will I say, his parents' house...we are just finishing up the last bits of packing to go to Mexico in a few hours.

Spring 2017 Beautycon Box


I first subscribed to BeautyCon for last box featuring Dulce Candy. I "forgot" to cancel it, but based on the products I received this quarter, I'm so glad I didn't! I'm loving this much more than the Winter Box. 

Battle of the Metallic Green Nails: Julep vs. Sinful Colors


Since green is one of my favorite colors, it's only natural that I love St. Patrick's Day and using it as an excuse to wear green outfits, eyeshadows, and of course, nail polishes! I am celebrating it early by rocking these 2 jewel-toned polishes.

Influenster Resolution VoxBox 2017*


I am a fairly new member of Influenster*. I signed up since I was interested in the beauty items other bloggers were getting, and I have yet to unlock my beauty badge (no matter how many reviews I wrote). I did, however, receive my first box ever, the Resolution VoxBox.

What's in my honeymoon makeup bag?


It's already the 6th of March and this is only my 2nd blog post. I have been meaning to churn some posts for the next few days before the wedding (for those who are first-timers on this blog, my wedding is on the 18th). However, there's so much going on: planning, finalizing, paying A LOT of money, finding an apartment, and then me already packing for the move. It's a lot to take in. And I have a lot of anxiety as to whether Cecilio and I will get accepted into an apartment, especially this amazing (and affordable) 2-bedroom apartment within our price range that we toured this past Saturday. I am also struggling with finding time to exercise, and now we are already having guests coming. My uncle is coming in later from Manila. 

Best Bronzers for Medium/Tan Skin

Best Bronzers for Medium/Tan Skin

There are perks to being on the tan side. I don't sunburn easily...except for the one time I was in Maui 3 years ago, and laying by the pool. I was on the phone with Cecilio and I moved from our rented cabana to another chair under the sun so that my mom and sister wouldn't hear our conversation. It was hours since I applied sunblock and my back was exposed. The next day, my back was itching and peeling SO bad, I was crying during our tour to Hana road. I had to slap on aloe vera every few minutes, or so it seemed.

I have never set foot in a tanning bed. All of the self-tanning lotions I bought, I forgot about because I thought it was pointless.