Friday, July 11, 2014

Friday Night Likes V.1.2014

Posted by ♥SomethingPurple♥ at 11.7.14 0 comments
I'm into shades of whites, blues and khakis this Summer.
Collections are from J.Crew, Anthropologie and Madewell.
Happy Weekend!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

#100HappyDays : DAYS 61-100

Posted by ♥SomethingPurple♥ at 10.7.14 0 comments
Yes, I did it!
Finally, I've completed a Daily-Photo-project.
I would usually join the bandwagon on certain Project 365, Project 52 and what-have-yous but never ever really completed them. I would lose my interest in the middle and give up altogether.

However, this #100 Happy Days project is something I really enjoyed completing. It came at a time where I needed to document the little-huge milestones and everyday struggles I went through. Now, I am planning on having them printed by the Social Print Studio and come up with a similar wall of IG photos. (photo from Social PS' IG account)
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It took me a long time to post the remaining photo-entries of this project because things got busy and my blogging time has been set aside. But now that I have time, here are the remaining entries of this project. This might be the 1st and last time I will be joining this project but who knows, I might find time to do this again.

Days 1-10, here.
Days 11-20, here.
Days 21-30, here.
Days 31-60, here.
Days 61-100, here goes:

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Day 61: ...and he is 9!
Day 62: Done and Done!
Day 63: Current.
Day 64: Thanksgiving Mass.
Day 65: FocusT25.
Day 66: Let God.
Day 67: Time to Pray.
Day 68: Me Time.
Day 69: Lola Meets our Creator.
Day 70: Playdates.
Day 71: Mother's Day Surprise.
Day 72: 500 Miles.
Day 73: Mini-Road Trip.
Day 74: Gift of Prayer.
Day 75: Blogging Decisions.
Day 76: My Boys, My Joys.
Day 77: Boys will be Boys.
Day 78: Lola Laid to Rest.
Day 79: He Loves the Outdoors.
Day 80: Popcorn + Popsicle for lunch, why not?!
Day 81: Haircut Day.
Day 82: Piano Kid.
Day 83: Blogging Mojo is Back, thus, my Topshelf.
Day 84: Biking Buddies.
Day 85: Movie Date with my Spidey.
Day 86: Cause of Traffic.
Day 87: Lechon Goodness!
Day 88: Family Sunday Dindin @ Uno.
Day 89: LoseIt Molten Badge.
Day 90: Important Letters.
Day 91: Blissful Saturday.
Day 92: Tequila Shot.
Day 93: 110lbs. achieved!
Day 94: Brush Clean-Up Day, remains to be my passion.
Day 95: Self-Worth.
Day 96: Date Night.
Day 97: Again, he loves outdoor activities. Thank you Summer!
Day 98: There's always Chili's.
Day 99: Viber Love.
Day 100: End-of-School Ice-Cream Party.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

My Top Shelf : Skincare + Hair Regimen

Posted by ♥SomethingPurple♥ at 22.6.14 0 comments
Finally, I have established a Skincare Routine and Hair Regimen that I have been consistently doing/using for more than a couple of years now (some of these products I have used for over 4 years maybe and counting...), hence, this deserves a TopShelf entry inspired by my favorite beauty blog, IntoTheGloss.

As you see, I have had no blog updates for almost 2 months now and it would probably be a common practice here as I have been extremely busy with life that left me with little time to blog. But I assure you that when I do find time to blog, it will be worthy of your bloghopping time ;-).

Moving on.
I have searched high and low, tried too many beauty products in the past, thus I could honestly say, I would be sticking with these beauty products for many more years as I have seen major improvements in my skin and without a hint of reactions no matter the season. While others may say that it is advisable to change your beauty products every season or every couple of years, I am one of those who believe in the old adage, once you found THE one, stick to it.

MY AM/PM ROUTINE:
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In the morning, I wash my face with Olay Total Effects Revitalizing Foaming Cleanser, then I apply my ultimate favorite Lancôme Genefique Youth Activating Serum and layer it up with my moisturizer that comes with SPF30, Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF30. If I have to be under the sun for a longer period of time, say a beach, of course I apply a heavier sunblock which deserves a separate post. Then on days, I pretty much want to glam up, I apply a primer but all make-up-related products will have to be on a separate entry. This entry covers just my basic skincare and hair routine.

At night, I wash my face with Shu Uemura's Anti/Oxi Skin Refining Cleansing Oil. It takes off my light make-up for the day. Then I apply Lancôme Genefique Eye Light Pearl serum for my eyes followed by Lancôme Genefique Youth Activating Serum. Lastly, I dab my face with Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil.

MUST-HAVES:
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From time to time, I scrub my face with these 2 products which I have been alternately using, Clinique 7-Day Scrub Rinse Off Cream and Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub. Both are very gentle and can be used everyday. On days, I wear heavy make-up, I use Bioderma Créaline/Sensibio H20/Cleansing Water to take them off, which by the way is a favorite of French women and a lot of professional Make-up artists. I made an extensive review about this product HERE. Since I do everything D-I-Y as facial services can be pretty expensive from where I am, I invested on a Clarisonic Mia Facial Sonic Cleansing brush which I absolutely love! I also buy those easy to use and very affordable Korean/Japanese facial masks whenever I see them in our neighborhood Asian store. On colder seasons, I double up my moisturizers at night and these 2 are my evening moisturizers on Winter: Clinique Moisture Surge Extended Thirst Relief and Aveeno Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream. Again, I like having back-ups/standbys so both of these moisturizers I have used alternately along with my Josie Maran Argan Oil.

ODE TO DOVE:
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I am a Dove girl since I turned 12. I remember developing some chicken skin and my mom brought me to a Dermatologist to have them checked, Dove was recommended and I never changed soap eversince. My 9-year-old son uses the white Dove and even my dear hubby has started using Dove+ Men Care after many years of being loyal to his Safeguard soap hee hee. I only use these 2 Dove scents, the white soap with moisturizing cream and the green cool moisture hydrating beauty bar with cucumber and green tea extract.

BODY BUTTER/OIL/LOTIONS/SCRUBS:
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I am a huge Victoria's Secret Beauty Products fan, hello Secret Rewards and Angel Card ;-). My Favorite scents include: Secret Charm and Sheer love, I usually buy their body butters and body mists. As for their PINK brand, I go for Fun&Fearless and Fresh&Clean Luminous Body Butter. They also work as my perfume/cologne but on days, I want to wear a real perfume, I just use Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion with ACTIVE NATURALS® Colloidal Oatmeal which is totally unscented and would not counteract with my perfume of choice. I am picky with the lotion and body butter I use as my skin is very sensitive. As for days when I feel my skin needs a little more moisturizing, I shower with L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil. Then, exfoliate my body with these body scrubs from again, Victoria's Secret, Sheer Love Smoothing Sugar Body Scrub and Fresh&Clean 2in1 Body Wash&Scrub. Oh, I swear by the benefits of Dry Brushing too ;-).

HAIR PRODUCTS:
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Looking at all the products I have posted, you might think I am a super-high-maintenance girl but really I'm not hahahaha! You see, I do everything DIY, (emphasis on that). I rarely indulge on a salon in fact, I never visited a salon in the past couple of years. I cut my own hair, I dye my own hair, I do my own facials and I even do my own nails. So I make sure to invest on these products because I don't spend much on salons and spas.

Anyway, my hair is naturally curly. I used to have a freezy and hard-to-manage hair that I have succumbed to hair straightening when I was younger but it brought me nothing but damage to my hair. So I learned to love and embrace what God has given me and just manage how to tame my curls with various hair products instead of damaging and destroying them with chemicals.

The photo is a little outdated as I have not been using the Citre Shine Curl Booster (in orange) as it has been discontinued. I have 3 different sets of Hair Shampoos and Conditioners which I alternately use: John Freida Root Awakening, Clairol Herbal Essences Hello Hydration and Clairol Herbal Essences Totally Twisted. I never blow dry nor iron my hair and curls, immediately after washing, I apply Tigi Bedhead Small Talk on damp hair then it would hold my curls. Thanks to my stylist back in Manila for recommending this product, this has been the major reason why I learned to love my curls because it can actually be tamed even on the most humid temperature. On weekends, I try to do some sort-of-hotoil-treatment at home with the help of Kerastase Nutritive Masquintense Hair Thick Mask treatment. It is super easy to use. Then twice a year, I dye my hair with Loreal Excellence non-drip Creme in Light Chestnut Brown.

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Now here are my nice-to-haves products. I love DOVE's dry shampoo which I always bring when I travel. I always keep Eau Thermale Avène Thermal Spring Water on hot, humid days and when we go to the beach. From time to time, I indulge on Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance Purifying Mask.

There you have it folks, I would love to hear and read about your beauty regimen too. Drop me a comment, will you?

xoxo heart smilie


For now, I'm off to check this eldermark point of care software.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

#100HappyDays : DAYS 31-60

Posted by ♥SomethingPurple♥ at 22.5.14 0 comments
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Days 1-10, here.
Days 11-20, here.
Days 21-30, here.

Photos left to right.
Day 31: Social Media Fast for 21 Days.
Day 32: After work 5K.
Day 33: Yay! My Personal Best/Record. Next Goal = less than 30 mins.
Day 34: Perks of Online Shopping.
Day 35: 3 quarters down, Straight Honors, 1 more quarter to go. Wtg mini-Stripe!
Day 36: 1st day of Spring Break.
Day 37: Spring Cleaning, done!
Day 38: A New Badge, Exercise Idol.
Day 39: Full day date with mini-Stripe and we're both wearing chucks! (his are almost as big as mine, yikes!)
Day 40: Early Morning Beach Stroll with My Boys after our impromptu Mc Donald's Breakfast.
Day 41: A Breakthrough.
Day 42: Yay, freebies.
Day 43: Museum Day.
Day 44: Spring Blooms.
Day 45: Tiny Running Buddy, hee hee.
Day 46: Skype time with Daddy Yo!
Day 47: Early Presents for our Soon-to-be 9-yr-old.
Day 48: Favorite Verse.
Day 49: Investment 101.
Day 50: Lenten Fasting Done, time to satisfy my cravings.
Day 51: The Gift of Easter Sunday.
Day 52: A New Beginning, Easter Monday.
Day 53: Gooey Homemade Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookie, success!
Day 54: A-OK!
Day 55: Rainy Productive Friday.
Day 56: A Neighborhood that has Everything.
Day 57: Funny Voxer Convo with my Siblings.
Day 58: Whole day filing? Trip down memory lane!
Day 59: Nebules, Stripe's lifesaver on this time of Pollen allergies + extreme change of weather.
Day 60: A new baby in my family side, mini-Stripe's soon-to-be-cousin.

take it from C.D.

Posted by ♥SomethingPurple♥ at 22.5.14 0 comments
Spread sunshine everywhere and do not forget to smile!



“Happiness is the secret to all beauty.
There is no beauty that is attractive without happiness.”
-DIOR

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