Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Giving Back

AICHA GIVES AWAY

If somebody told me three months upon starting this blog that I would have 50 readers I would have replied "FAT CHANCE!"

This blog is a product of my bored free time, rants, beauty stuff, and general nonsense so it's such a wonder why anyone would take the time to click on the follower's button. But thank you! It makes me feel so... fantastic. Like as if my posts really matter somewhat! LOL! Kidding.

So it's time for me to give back to the AWESOME PEOPLE list with a little GIVEAWAY because we all love giveaways! I personally love joining in all the fun, crazy, awesome giveaways from people that I follow. Mine will be just small, nothing too grand. I have one idea for the prizes, as I have a contact from Korea to buy me some Beauty Credit stuff.

I don't know if you've heard of Beauty Credit before, but you can check out some of the items at http://www.beautycredit.co.kr

I have the pressed powder in natural beige which I absolutely love!


Saving up for it! I want to buy some lippies, gloss and nail polishes for my giveaway!

In other news,

My sister is coming back from Japan and I kind of asked her to buy me some make-up to try like Shiseido's Majolica Majorca and Lioele. Hope she can find it (sis is not very well versed in make up) I'll save some of those loots to add to my giveaway? Or maybe for another giveaway!

Ooooo, I'm becoming addicted to giving away stuff! OOOO!

Well that's all for now folks, I am really excited to pull this through! I will pull through, I'm totally sure! Things are looking up and hopefully everything will be alright from now on.

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DONATE TO ONDOY VICTIMS

We've been packing our stuff since last night to gather things that might be of use to people who are victims of Typhoon Ondoy in Luzon. We're far off from here in Mindanao, but we feel the crisis and the desperation of our fellow country men. We feel truly helpless as we are far off, we can't do much but gape and feel our hearts break for the men, women, and children who lost so so so much in this calamity.

We're donating clothes and blanket (no. 1 our list), and my dad is thinking of buying as much foldable umbrellas as well (harsh rain still is prevalent, as well as the heat of the scorching sun), some of our shoes, jackets, light reusable bags (my little nieces suggestions, since they see people not having bags to put whatever's left of their possessions)

My friends, classmates have text brigaded me to chip in 100 pesos each so we can donate them.

These things we do are so little in the face of such gravity of destruction and loss...

Please offer your prayers.
You can also help out via donations to the Red Cross/Red Crescent.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Bad News, Good News

GOOD NEWS FIRST. Well because the bad news is totally terrible like you wouldn't believe.


(P.S. Sorry for the webcam pics, my sis is hogging my digicam)


So I bought stuff over the past weekend, and because of that I've realized that I am not a make-up person. I am a 95% skincare person as miniscule 5% goes into make up and fragrances. I love taking care of my skin. It's not the best in the world but I'm satisfied with it (as long as I wax the crap out of unwanted hair hehe!) I bought some stuff to help me with some of my problem areas, and hopefully it will all get better in time (...song line) especially some of my dark areas like my elbows and knees, plus my oily skin which is the bane of my existence.

So here are the loots. Incredibly, all of them I bought on different places but all are on SALE!

If you can remember in this post, this was an online buy! I paid it via GCash, very smooth transaction with this seller in Multiply. Got it in less than 48 hours.

I am currently using both Mistine White Spa Lotion and Mistine Skin-Perfecting Deodorant as my daily lotion and deo because it is so smooth and easily absorbed into the skin. It's not greasy because the lotion is pretty light and almost watery. Definitely less thick than Nivea Fresh Lotion which I was using before. I like it.

The only thing bad about Mistine is the smell. There are many who praise Mistine for its long-lasting floral smell, and I can testify to that, but man, I hate the smell! I hate its cloyingness and it almost makes me dizzy. Also, don't count on it whitening you. Five days later I am still the same bronze baby which I like. But I can vouch for its moisturizing aspect. It is doubleplusgood. I try the DRY SKIN TEST which you scratch a line on your skin and see if you create a chalky patch. Before I have this a lot, especially on my legs and on my forearms. But no chalky line here no more!


I've been eyeing Biore Shine Free Moisturizer every time I go to HB1 Store. Not really that much into it because I had Skinfood Mandarin and Parsley Emulsion which is a good enough moisturizer for me at night (I don't use moisturizer during the day, I oil enough as is). At P160.00 it was cheap, like Clean & Clear moisturizers. But I saw it totally marked down by 50% and so I happily buy it at P80.00! I KNOW! ZOMG!

Tried it for 3 nights now and I can safely say that Biore is no-nonsense when they say this is for OILY PEOPLE. I apply it at night after I wash my face and it is so light that it immediately sinks into my skin. First thing I wake up in the morning my face is not oily and it is sooooooooo soft to the touch. Definitely will hoard all the remaining in the HB1 Store! Muahaha!


Kojic Acid soap! Because I think I'm the only one in La Pinas who haven't joined in the Kojic Acid / Obagi bandwagon yet.

I was at Watson's and I was going to get Dove fresh soap, but I saw this and thought I might as well try it. I hope it will do wonders for my uneven elbow color and my dark knees (totally dyahe), because Thiamere has reviewed it and she found out that it does deliver when it comes to lightening.

It's perpetually on sale at P50.00 so why the heck not? xD



I don't have a signature fragrance yet, like Frances' "Lanvin's Eclat d'Arpege" I don't have a specific scent or brand I like, because all I really want is something fruity and that lasts a long time on my skin that's all... Maybe that's why I'm stuck with Johnson&Johnson's citrus scent since highschool lol!

Got the Victoria's Secret Beauty Rush in Strawberry Fizz. Retails for P880.00 at botiques but I got it at a BFF-DISCOUNT for P500.00 Yay! I love love love love the whole thing because the colors are magic. I like it because it's red at the top, blending lightly in the middle to a lighter shade and totally transparent at the bottom.

I love strawberry and I sprayed it on recently and I got a seriously deranged comment:

Cousin: *comes into my room* Hi Aicha! Let me borrow---- GOSH WHAT IS THAT? I SMELL STRAWBERRY CONDOMS!

OMGWTFLOLBBQ! I totally laughed my ass off. First, she knows strawberry condoms (condoms are a must, people! Though we always only use plain anyway. Yeah, generic no? Will not try flavored!) Second, OMG! This is victoria's secret you goose, it is not supposed to smell anything other that VS!

So anyway... ON TO THE BAD NEWS...


... I'VE OFFICIALLY BEEN SCAMMED.

:(

Help.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Cosfail (Cosplay Fail) with Friends

I went to Xiao's place to help have some Happy-Time.


xiao, aicha, moe


Haha, random uniforms! lol! Xiao is wearing a real Japanese school girl uniform we found in a thrift store and Moe was wearing a Haruhi Suzumiya-inspired uniform. Xiao let me wear her Nursing Type-A (I'm not a Nursing graduate like them! LOL)

We took lots of funny pictures and for the rest of the day. When I spend time with my friends, there is never a single moment I'm not grinning and laughing and smiling and horsing around. Here are some pics they took of me:


I'm not licensed to operate a stethoscope (haha!)



me and moe doing sexy poses and failing



Don't cry, it's ok, I think your brain is still functioning! Yay!


It's my first time to wear a nurse's uniform, it looks so cute but the fabric is very very stiff! It's also hot! Xiao and Moe told me that they had to wear that everyday for 6 months straight for their hospital duty, and they had to take a bath twice in a day: one in the morning and another after their duty because of too much sweating underneath their nurse dress! D:

Being with friends is always refreshing. You always think of fun ways to spend the day <3

Monday, September 21, 2009

Mina Hearts Life and Make-Up First Giveaway!

For PHILIPPINE RESIDENTS only




For LOCAL and INTERNATIONAL <3>




Mina's Rules:
1. Follow me! Just click the Follow button on the left! =)
2. Make a post about my give-away on your blog. =) Copy-paste is good. =)
3. Leave a message in the comment section of this post. Please make sure that it includes LINK TO YOUR BLOG POST ABOUT MY CONTEST. I will be checking this and if this is not followed your entry is automatically disqualified. Boo hoo!
4. Open to Philippine residents only. I have a separate giveaway that includes my internationally-based followers. =)
5. At least 10 must join (or else giveaway will be extended until such time I receive 10 entries! I do hope I receive more than 10 right away though.)
6. Give-away ends on September 15, 2009 11:59PM PH Time.
7. Winner will be announced on or before September 20, 2009.

It's her first giveaway ever and it's a birthday giveaway too! I love her prizes!
Let's all join :)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MINA! <3

VivaBella Giveaway!



As usual, Ms. Sesame of VivaBella is here with another of her insanely popular giveaways! She's generously giving away products from 7 different stores ranging from skin care to jewelry so do head off to Vivawoman.net to read more about the giveaway and the rules, and join in the fun!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Turning 23 <3

HEY GUYS!

Today's my birthday (greet me! xD) and you know what that means: ZOMG GIFTS! Haha, the family have given me a little bit of money (enough to pay for the stuff I want to order)

So here's a list of what I expect to be getting:

1. Ellana Minerals Finishing Powder 4g and Baby Buki Brush


1. I want this again because this powder rocks my socks. It's oil-absorbing, sheer, finishes my bb cream to a perfect matte... and the espresso con panna fits my skin like a.... stocking? Lol, like a second skin :) Also will be getting another Baby Buki brush, since my sister kind of stole it. When I arrived home, she shouted from the bedroom: "Aicha, I kind of stole that tiny brush you have, thanks ha!" Ugh. My evil, evil sister.


2. Skinfood Spree @ Mostacchio's

My first spree ever and I'm anxious and excited! I wish I can have it sooner but the estimated date of arrival would be at the last week of October. I hope that I can stretch my patience as I wait for it to come to me. I haven't paid the 50% deposit first because she gave me a BPI account number to deposit it to, and I'm unable to pay because banks aren't open on Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday's a holiday.

But I'm lucky I got to participate in this spree, as it ends I think this week. Mostacchio basically has the cheapest price out of all pre-sellers for Skinfood. Here's what I ordered:

1. Peach Sake Emulsion (P480 Mostacchio vs. P1,200 store) - pore tightening and sebum control
2. Peach Sake Toner (P480 vs. P1,000+ ) - same; the Peach Sake line is one of the best Skinfood's got to offer in oil control and pore minimizing
23Mushroom Multi-Care BB Cream (P680 vs. P 1,500+)- heard great reviews of this BB cream over the Aloe and the Ginko one. I have the Aloe BB cream and I think I'm gonna run out by the end of october! :)
4. Kiwi Yogurt Mask (P260 vs. P580)- Exfoliation, oil control and awesome.

The total would be P1,900! A big amount for me, but comparing it to taking that money and buying directly from the Skinfood Store I would barely get the 2 peach sake together!


3. Skinfood Black Garlic Emulsion

I ordered this from Frances' Beauty For A Living blog in her Blogsale-for-a cause. I bought it because it's Skinfood and I would really like to try the garlic emulsion. It sounds kind of funny, slathering garlic all over your face but it's supposed to be revitalizing for the skin and we all know that garlic has great antioxidant properties! It's selling for P300, too! Lots of loots to buy there, so if you haven't yet, you should!

4. Mistine Extra Whitening Lotion and Deo


Been hearing great things about this brand! I think the whitening aspect of it won't really work -_- but anyway, the 200ml lotion is P180 and the 30ml deodorant is P90, which is cheaper than my regular lotion and deo. Wala lang, just wanted to order! Ever have one of those days that you just feel like "I'm gonna get that" blah? Yeah. XD

I hope by the time I turn 24, I'll be super beautiful because of what I bought today! LOL! It's alright to dream, I guess.

See you all around!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Atoning

Okay so it's not a clever title. Well, I am currently reading Atonement by Ian McEwan (wow, I've been at this book for aaaages) and I am trying to atone for the lack of posts lately!

We were having--- actually we still are having a tough time at home. We're moving!!! Been pretty busy with the repairs of the new home and packing all our stuff. *Sniff, Sniff* I feel really sad leaving our home. We've lived there for around 13 years. Hopefully we can all scramble and leave before September 18. And ugh, it's such a downer to spend September 19 unpacking and decorating our home. It's my birthday, I was planning to host a Crab Party! :(

Anyway, I thought I would just like to share my favorite quotes on Atonement, if you don't mind. I love this book. Everytime I read a passage that struck me, I hastily jot it down.
The book is wonderfully written, it is so erudite! The story itself makes me contemplate on the dynamics of family, the strength of imagination of strange and extreme thoughts; it makes me believe in love despite the distance and the struggles all lovers face. I am still bristling with Briony. I'm currently at the part where she sheds her childhood precociousness and has finally been shot down to reality and have grasped the gravity of her lies. But I still remember what she did when she was a child, and like Cecilia, I simply CANNOT forgive her.





So, onto the quotes, shall we?


The world, the social world, was unbearably complicated, with two billion voices, and everyone's thoughts striving for equal importance and everyone's claim on life as intense, and everyone's thinking they were unique, when no one was. One could drown in irrelevance.


In a story you only had to wish, you only had to write it down and you could have the world.


The strangeness of here and now, of what passed between people, the ordinary people that she knew and what power one could have over the other, and how easy t was to get everything wrong, completely wrong.


Cecilia wondered, as she sometimes did when she met a man for the first time, if this was the one she was going to marry, and whether it was this particular moment she would remember for the rest of her life-- with gratitude, or profound and particular regret.


The cost of oblivious daydreaming was always this moment of return, the realignment with what had been before and now seemed a little worse.


It might hurt, it was horribly inconvenient, no good might come of it, but he had found out for himself what it was to be inlove; and it thrilled him.

Above all, she wanted to look as though she had not given the matter a moment's thought, and that would take time.

There was no confusion in her mind: these too-vivid untrustworthy impressions, her self-doubt, the intrusive visual clarity and eerie differences that had wrapped themselves around the familiar were no more than continuations, variations of how she had been seeing and feeling all day.

But what of sadness itself, how was that put across so it could be felt in all its lowering immediacy?

Finally, you had to measure yourself by other people-- there really was nothing else.

That he worked late she did not doubt, but she knew that he did not sleep at his club, and he know that she knew this. But there was nothing to say. Or rather, there was too much. The resembled each other in their dread of conflict, and the regularity of his evening calls, however much she disbelieved them, was a comfort to them both. If this sham was conventional hypocrisy, she had to concede that it had its uses.

Even being lied to constantly, though hardly like love, was sustained attention.

How guilt refined the methods of self-torture, threading the beads of details into an eternal loop, a rosary to be fingered for a lifetime.

As the distance opened up between them, they had understood how far they had run ahead of themselves... This moment had been imagined and desired for too long, and could not measure up.

One person waiting for another was like an arithmetical sum, and just as empty of emotion. Waiting. Simply one person doing nothing, over time, while another approached.

I hope you enjoyed a few of the quotes as much as I did. I picked these because the passages struck a chord in me. It's like these thoughts were the things that I felt but I could never verbalize. Reading them is like finding something significant and whopping in triumph because you have finally found something actual for those abstract, intangible thoughts you can't put a finger to.