I ❤ My Skin Art

This may sound like a cliche but in the last 5 years I realized that you only live once (cringe). That it’s never too late to live the life you want. Live and let live. Who cares what other people say? It’s not like you’re answerable to any of them anyway.

Now my job happens to be part of Human Resources and my boss has this mindset that HR people should be very conservative. I am anything but; I speak my mind, I wear high heels like nobody’s business, I don’t like boring clothes (read: ultra-conservative) and I color my hair. Worst of all, I have tattoos. Not in the obvious places of course but one of them is just a little below my nape and sometimes it peeks out of my clothes. That’s sacrilege in her book.

Our company is not even the conservative type. We take pride in being innovative, young, vibrant and dynamic. The dress code is business casual from Monday to Thursday.

I wear blazers at work especially when I have to conduct training so I don’t see why she is so irked about my tattoos. I love my skin art and I have always believed that the stigma attached to tattoos are archaic and no longer as prevalent as it was before. Maybe it’s my upbringing, maybe I just don’t buy into that whole sanctimonious ‘we are still a conservative country’ bullshit. She says I have to accept that this is not the States, that the Philippines is still not very tolerant of people with tattoos especially in the workplace. I say it’s not my problem that my tattoos make her uncomfortable.

I have tattoos. Get over it. They are permanent in case you didn’t know and they are here to stay. I am not going to change who I am just to fit into some mold. Who made those rules anyway? Whatever happened to respect for individuality? I refuse to become a zombie while I’m still alive just to follow someone’s (not even the society’s) ideals. Life is too short for any of that crap.

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Bootyfull Mornings

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My Chiniepots always says ‘bootyfull’ when she means beautiful and it never fails to make me laugh.:) I love her to bits and I hope someday I will be able to pass on some advise that would keep her ‘bootyfull’ all her life.

I noticed that I haven’t bought new make-up in months except for the eyebrow gel from JC Jazzy Collections which was a steal at PHP 249.50 and my trusty cheek tint from Avon. Both of which are staples in my now streamlined beauty routine which took years to develop.

I need at least an hour to get ready in the morning. Been working in BGC for more than 2 years now so I need to drive for an hour all the way to work every single day. Once school starts, travel time will take much longer so that means I will need to get up earlier than usual.:twisted:

Here are the things that I use for getting ready in the morning:

1. Toothpaste, toothbrush and tongue cleaner. I cannot live without my OraSweet. I always keep one for back-up and I have another one in my desk drawer at work. Brushing alone doesn’t cut it, you have to scrape your tongue to make sure that your breath smells clean after a meal.

2. Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner. I am not maarte when it comes to hair care. I think I’ve used enough products to know what and what doesn’t work. Spending a thousand pesos on shampoo is not very practical so I stick to this drugstore brand. I might switch it up once a week with herbal stuff but I go back to Pantene each time.

I always dilute my shampoo and never use it full strength, ratio is 1:8 more or less. I only shampoo the scalp and let the lather take care of the rest. After rinsing the suds, I squeeze out the excess water before putting conditioner at the ends. I put my hair up in a loose bun on top my head and do the rest of my body while hair marinates.;)

3. Exfoliating towel. The first towel I bought a thousand years ago was from The Body Shop and it was only at PHP 200.00 back then. After a while though they started charging more so I finally gave up and started looking for a dupe.

This one is from Metro supermarket and it’s only PHP 49.00. Same effect, I love how gritty it feels against my skin. What I don’t love is the sides get all frayed after a few days. Oh well, I guess that’s the trade-off for buying something of a lesser known brand.

4. Dove Winter Care Beauty Bar. This was a recent discovery when we went grocery shopping at Robinsons. I bought 2 2-packs for a little over PHP 300.

It’s always summer in the Philippines and the weather here in -ber months is nowhere near winter-y. My skin is always parched though and I suffer from contact dermatitis so I have always been on the lookout for a great moisturizing bar that works so well I wouldn’t need lotion anymore. Sad to say but nothing has ever wowed me so much to ditch lotion or body oil.

This one comes pretty close though. The first time I used Winter Care, I was like meh… nothing special. I mean, the lather was super creamy like the regular Dove bars, the scent is similar also but the bar itself is little more buttery. After two weeks though my skin actually feels softer and more radiant. I wish I could still find this in the supermarket though since it’s limited edition.

5. After stepping out of the shower, I put Aveeno’s soothing bath and shower oil on my damp skin. I find that this keeps my skin more supple than most lotions. I used to make my own concoction of Hei Poa Monoi soothing oil, sunflower oil and baby oil. I settled for the Aveeno since I was able to use it a lot of times in the past and it helped relieve my allergies.

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Selfie Saturday

Today's shameless selfie
Today’s shameless selfie

I have taken more than a thousand selfies in 3 years. Yup, over a thousand. For someone who absolutely avoids social media, I would never hesitate to bring out my phone and snap away if I stumble onto good lighting. Yet, I barely post any of them… I dunno, maybe out of fear that no one would ‘like’ them or because I feel vain enough taking pictures of myself that posting them would be overkill.

So here’s my Saturday selfie while caught in heavy traffic this afternoon. Yup, I changed my hair a bit and I gained 20 lbs but I’m healthy, happy, it’s a Saturday and I’m spending it with the 2 most important people in my life. 🙂

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Will 2014 be any different?

Whoa… Wait, that wasn’t supposed to sound as cynical as one might think.

Here are some of the things that I would like to achieve in 2014. More like goals than resolutions, I think it’s all about the things I need to start doing, keep doing and stop doing:

START

  • Lifting weights. I have zero muscle tone. And all that holiday binge-ing left me pudgier than ever. Must. Exercise. Pronto.
  • Adding more fruits and veggies in my diet. I officially started juicing veggies at home last Monday. I couldn’t substitute a meal with just juice yet but I have seen positive effects in the last 5 days. I’m not as crazy about soda as much as before and I feel so “clean” in the morning. <read between the lines>
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Started making my own green juice at home!
  • Doing Pilates again. I need to make time for Pilates. It’s going to be bikini season before we know it.
  • Saving money. I am 31 years old and I haven’t started putting money away for retirement or emergencies.

KEEP

  • Drinking no less than 2L of water daily.  This is something that I have done quite religiously in the last 5 years (more or less) although I have to admit that I am not as conscientious with this at home. SoI need to have a separate water bottle at home to remind me of my daily 2L requirement.
  • Using up toiletries before buying new stuff. Yup, I think I was pretty successful at using up body lotion, shampoo, conditioner and face stuff down to the very last drop in 2013. Just one teeny-tiny addendum – no more impulse buying until I run out of stuff (keeps fingers crossed.)
  • Washing my face, slathering on moisturizer and eye cream before turning in. I am not getting any younger so this is absolutely mandatory.

STOP

  • Smoking. I couldn’t quit so abruptly but I have definitely cut back. Dramatically. I am down to around 4 sticks a day from nearly finishing an entire pack in 24 hours.
  • Buying shoes. I have more pairs than I could ever wear. My Visa card is weeping.
  • Just a few work-appropriate pairs. More shoes in the car trunk and in the closet at home.
  • Buying cosmetics specifically lip products. Seriously. I haven’t used up any of my lipsticks in years because I have too many. I need to start on a project. One lipstick a day just so I’d be able to use them before they go bad.
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I am a hoarder!
  • Procrastinating on writing blog entries. Haha! Enough said. 🙂Logo_Study 2