So many times over the past decade plus, a lot of my friends and readers asked me this question: "Why do you still blog? Don't you even have writer's block?"
It may sound like a huge "yabang" to you but I seriously never had one --- siguro naman gets niyo na ever since Instagram Stories was invented --- you understood naman how talkative I am right? (Even my Coach was amazed how I can blab during the most intense boxing session!)
Aside from my talkativeness, this space... AskMeWhats.com means so much to me. You all seen my journey when I was just starting out, the time I pursued Make Up Artistry to becoming a Make Up Trainer today. How I juggled having a day job to being a freelancer wearing multiple hats. The time my mom fell into depression to the time I tried to have baby and finally made it! (Look! Kyle is already 6!)
As to every single posts that seems to be very pointless at some point - why do I keep on reviewing Lipsticks, blush, foundation etc... when there's a whole lot of other people who does the same?
Well, aside from the fact that I'm enjoying all these (kahit na hardwork talaga siya), I see a couple of views per post (not a lot!) but every single view means so much to me! Whether there's just a handful of you or thousands of you on good days, as long as someone is interested to hear me out, to read what's on my mind... I will still be here!
But I do missed those days when I see comments, people asking questions regarding the product or service I posted. Or days I just receive comments asking me how I am! But I guess times have changed especially with the existence of Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Do I feel bad about the changing times?
Of course not! I just go with the flow and just continue to do what makes me happy.
Just like this MAC Compact Powder which I first purchased for the sake of review a decade plus ago! Looking at my old posts makes me cringe yet smile all at the same time!
So what's the point of this post?
Wala naman! :P
But I just want to say THANK YOU, if you are here, reading my posts no matter how repetitive they seem to be! I love you from the bottom of my heart for making me Ms. AMW or Mrs. AMW or Mommy AMW. Thank you for continuously asking me questions and for being so nice to me because NONE of you bashed me on my wrong grammar and spelling ---> because who in the hell have time to proof read if you have gazillion things to do? (Not me obviously)
But THANK YOU, THANK YOU for staying put. This is not a special anniversary post or anything, this is how random gratitude is and I am "encapsulating" gratitude in a short post!
Don't ask me why but most Korean makeup brands have the option of Lavender blush because they have this thing for "bright skin". No wonder..because it really brightens my cheeks and makes me look a bit more youthful!
All thanks to Althea for offering wide variety of Korean skincare and makeup products at an affordable price I get to pick this new Cotton Blush from Missha.
Missha Cotton Blush
We love Missha's Cotton Blush for a soft, pillowy glow! These adorable little rectangles contain a matte formula that blends easily into the skin, giving your cheeks a nice, natural flush. Its formulated with "silky elastic powder" that allows for a non-cakey application, even after a couple of layers. Choose from 3 pretty shades to suit your look!
There are a total of 5 shades to choose from, from corals to pinks to peach, Lavender is actually the most unique of them all!
Pigmentation is quite nice and you get a soft texture. This will work as a highlighter on medium to darker complexion while users with fair skin can use this as a blush!
This will be the effect if applied in 1-2 layers.
See the natural glow?
You may opt to add 4-5 layers just like what I did! The effect will be more of a blush with a nice highlighter.
I personally find this blush to be affordable for the quality you get! I like the pigmentation, I love how it lasts for more than 3 hours for normal/combination skin while oily skin users may need to retouch after 2 hours! The color may fade a bit but the highlighted effect will stay almost the whole day!
What's your favorite blush that brightens your face as of the moment?
I have dry skin all over, I've said that for the past decade and what's improving probably is the skin on my face, the bady - uhmm..way better from all the body lotions I've tried and tested.
One thing that has been bothering me FOREVER are my dry lips. I've acknowledged the fact that I'm born with it and all I can do is to do my best to hydrate my lips as much as possible.
So over the years, I've learned the ropes of exfoliating the lips as part of the regimen. And one of my favorite lip care brand Burt's Bees finally have their own Lip Scrub!
Here's the 3 step Burt's Bees way of taking care of your lips!
Burt's Bees Conditioning Lip Scrub
This is actually a sweet and fine scrub that helps exfoliate lips in a very gentle manner! I find this very addictive and even if you plan to do it on a daily basis, it is actually okay as long as you don't rub your lips hard!
Aside from being a lip scrub, my lips was left soft and smooth immediately after use.
Burt's Bees Overnight Intensive Lip Treatment
Because of the presence of Jojoba Oil in this product, I love how it keeps my lips hydrated all though the night! The extra peppermint oil as part of the ingredient makes this my easy favorite because I love anything minty for my lips!
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm
If you want to maintain the soft look on your lips, pull out a Burt's Bees Tinted Lip balm because these gives hydration and natural color on your lips! This is actually my favorite lip product when I work out because it hydrates my lips as I sweat it out!
Check out the evolution of my lips using Burt's Bees 3-step lip care!
Before and After
I love how nicely hydrated my lips look!
Have you tried Burt's Bees lip care products?
What's your favorite?
Burt's Bees is available at Beauty Bar and selected department stores. For more information, log on to Burt's Bees' Facebook page.
Give your cheeks a healthy, dewy-looking flush with K-Palette Lasting Cheek Tint.
Its special penetrating formula and half-circular powder particles apply smoothly and lasts long. It comes in a mirrored flip-top compact for on-the-go application.
They originally came up with 3 gorgeous shades that I have been using alternately. You can read my K-Palette Skin Care Cheek Tints review on swatches and thoughts about the said innovation from the brand.
04 Classic Red
I don't know about you but Classic Red seems boring for me at first glance. I mean how many cheek tints have you found in such "red" shade? It always started with red for most brands who created one so I didn't think of anything exciting about this! Maybe a dupe of something already wonderful?
Thankfully, I still got amazed on first application. As compared to liquid cheek tints, these are blendable, the cream formulation makes it very easy to blend as it melts into your body temperature in no time! No matter how many times you apply and re-apply, pigmentation may add up but the effect will always be natural and "coming from within".
Now, let's talk about the texture - with the crazy humid weather, how will this fair?
Thankfully, this has a powder finish, it finishes off like a powder so you can apply and re-apply midday without looking oily/greasy. The formulation is non-sticky so it did not irritate me even on 40 degrees Celsius weather!
Before and After
Instead of "RED", it blends with my skintone turning into a rosy pink shade. (Note: The effect will vary depending on your skintone and skin color)
But don't you just love how natural this look?
UNFORTUNATELY, it says LIMITED EDITION so I'm not sure until when will they sell this particular shade. Thankfully, I still have the other 3 shades which I highly use (even with broken compact from dropping!) These are just one of the most natural and easy to use cheek tints I've tried so far!
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K-Palette is available at Beauty Bar, Rustan’s (Shangri-la, Makati, ATC), SM Department Stores (Megamall, Mall of Asia, Makati, Aura, and North Edsa), Metro Gaisano (Fairview Terraces, UP Town Center) and Zalora. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
I was offered to try out a pair of shoes from FSJ Shoes, an online shoe seller. I was literally wowed by the wide range of shoes. I mean just try to go to their site and you'll know what I'm talking about.
Thankfully, I knew in my heart heels that are 4inches higher won't work for me no matter how gorgeous their designs are! So it was an easy decision for me to browse through their "chunky heels" category and picked 3 inches below!
After ordering, I got the pair of shoes in about 2 weeks time (Free shipping) and I was surprised this was delivered straight to my doorstep with a fee of Php100.00 (with receipt). Not bad, I mean I can't vouch on having them delivered straight to your doorstep ALL THE TIME as it really depends on your postal service location!
The pair came right on time when I attended a Dior Stellar Lipsticks launch, I was asked so many times on DMs about this pair of shoes and guess what? This was super comfortable and I don't need to "break in" these pairs because the leather was so soft it doesn't hurt my sensitive feet! Most importantly, the height of the heels are just right and seriously, I LOVE THEM SO MUCH I drove home with them!
I can't wait to pair these with my favorite pair of jeans or even shorts and more dresses maybe? I love how versatile this design is!
Althea's A'BLOOM products are one of the most unique and interesting to try! When I received this box as an #AltheaAngels , I gave this a roadtest right away and of course, I can't do it all alone, I have to drag Mr. AMW on this because there is a product meant for him!
Let's talk about the cutest face mask sheet packaging on earth as of the moment! The Althea A'BLOOM Mask Sheets(Php180.00 for 10 sheets) in 4 variants covering all skin issues!
As of the moment of typing, they are ALL SOLD OUT! So please, put them up on our wishlist and wait for restocks!
AC-ME-Peach Anti-Blemish Peach Mask Sheet
This mask sheet is very gentle on skin because it uses tea tree oil to fight off acne and pimples. Anything with tea tree oil get thumbs up from me because it really helps shrink "upcoming" pimples in no time!
AVO-CUDDLE-ME Nourishing Avocado Mask Sheet
This was the first sheet I tested because I listen to my momma when it comes to skincare. She loves to use fresh avocado and rub it all over her face telling me it helps hydrate her skin better than any other fruits! So instead of looking like a green monster, I used this instead and it does help keep skin hydrated for 2-3 days!
When it has lemon, you'll need sunblock to protect your skin after. The only mask sheet left for me to test as I have been waiting for my post swimming trip to use this!
WATER-ME-LONG Moisturizing Watermelon Mask Sheet
This has a nice fresh scent that reminds me so much of summer! I used this for extra boost of moisture and it has a nice feel on my skin after use. I would probably use this more on days that I knew my skin needs moisture. Especially the colder months!
This product is said to be a no pain blackhead and whitehead removal with Natural BHA Stick.
It is gentle and non-irritating and so far, Mr. AMW didn't feel anything just a bit of "minty" sensation for a while that goes away in less than a minute so he thought it wasn't doing anything!
Until we saw this before and after photo!
Before and After on FIRST USE
Check out how the blackheads were actually removed! It wasn't as obvious in person but photos tell a lot! After this, I gave the whole stick to Mr. AMW since I have very dry and tight skin so I don't have any blackheads issue unlike him who suffers from oily glands all through his life! :P
Then, just when we thought the innovation was over! Althea A'BLOOM has cute Giant and Baby Meringue Puffs! (Php100 for giant and Php140.00 for baby pack of 3)
The cutest thing that landed on makeup sponges world!
The giant is best used for foundation application (wet or dry) and I love to use this to blend my cream or liquid cheek products too
While these mini ones are perfect for concealers, correctors and even cream based highlighter and contour products!
I love how small it is so it gets to reach out hard-to-reach areas like the sides of my nose!
Overall, these sponges are very dense and does not have similar texture as that of a Beauty Blender (if you want comparison). But I'm happy to announce that for the price, these Meringue Puffs deserve more than 2 thumbs up as they do their job well! I prefer to use these damp because it is easier to control and bounce as compared to the dry puffs.
Size Comparison of Giant and Baby
I know a lot of you will head to their site now, these sponges are still available so grab 'em while you can! One of the cutest and most inexpensive beauty puffs I've tried to date! Definitely great sponge for beginners!
Let me know which particular A'Bloom product caught your attention! Which among the 3 items mention are you planning to purchase?
Mary Kay came up with their own version of a Matte Liquid Lip Color, there are a total of 13 shades on Mary Kay PH website and I tried 6 shades!
Have you found a favorite based from my photos?
Mary Kay At Play Matte Liquid Lip Color
Be a true beauty explorer with lip colour that applies like a gloss with the matte of a lipstick!A variety of on-trend shades to suit your every mood.The glide-on wand delivers creamy colour with ease.Delivers a shine-free finish.Perfect for work or play.
Housed in a simple liquid lipstick type of packaging with a doe foot applicator. This earns thumbs up from me as I love how simple the packaging is and how easy it is for me to see the shades without having to look underneath for shade names!
Clear tubes are the best!
The Mary Kay At Play liquid lip colors cater the younger market. They are bold, bright and pigmented! Obviously, the older market can still enjoy these!
AMW wears Taupe That
Taupe That is the lightest and "nude-est" shade out of the 6 I own. It looks nice on photo but I look sick in person! This shade would work well on users with dark complexion! As for me, I use this as a lip concealer because it has that "feel" because of the cool undertone.
AMW wears Pink Me Up
The most photogenic lip color out of the 6! This is the type of shade I would pick if I have a photoshoot or I know I will be taking a lot of "selfies" or photos in general. But don't let this shade fool you, it looks really bright almost to the "neon" side in person! I like to tone down the shade by using Taupe That underneath!
AMW wears Spicy Red
Spicy Red looks really bright on swatch but quite natural-looking on pigmented lips. I love how natural this lip color looks on me! For a red color, this fits the bill as Everyday Lip Color!
AMW wears Red Alert
Red Alert is a perfect example of an orange red lipstick. It brightens up my complexion and contains not a lot of "orange" so it actually works for me!
AMW wears Mad for Magenta
This is actually a lovely shade to wear when you want to create "Drama" on lips without too much drama! Yes, it does look bright but it has a nice combination of Lilac and Pink giving my whole face a brightened effect! I just love how my cheeks automatic looks brighter and clearer with this lip color.
AMW wears Plum Noir
My least favorite out of the 6 for that fact that this is far from my "wild" personality - I actually don't have that! :P This applies a bit patchy on me because of my dry lips ! If you have dry lips, better to exfoliate and hydrate your lips prior to application because the dark pigment can really enhance some serious dry lip lines!
All 6 shades are unique in their own ways and Kudos to Mary Kay for creating such wide array of shades for different individuals. Indeed the name says it all - AT PLAY! These lip colors are meant to be worn for night outs or bonding time with some friends. These aren't meant to be used in school or office setting, not unless you really want to make a statement or wanted your teacher's attention all the time!
As for longevity, the lip color lasts around 3-4 hours with eating and drinking, for the darker shades, you have to reapply after eating as the center tends to disappear.
The Liquid Lip Colors are lightweight and non-sticky though I must use lip balm midday as it tends to dry my very dry lips after hours! For users with normal lips, you won't have such issues.
When I turned into a freelancer two years ago, the first thing on top of my mind was --- what will happen to my healthcare plans? I mean, having a company with HR backing you up on the needed insurance and healthcare benefits, I just realized how hard it is for me to start from square one and look for a plan that fits to my budget - as a freelancer.
Maria Health has revolutionized the healthcare shopping experience by offering you the ability to pull plans beside each other and compare which fit your needs and budget best.
For comprehensive plans, you can instantly get a free unbiased proposal from experts by simply
answering a few questions. The proposal contains the best possible options you can enroll yourself, your family, or your business to.
Meanwhile, for prepaid plans, you can choose from Maria Health’s wide range of packages and bundles covering emergency care, diagnostic exams, and doctor consultations to name a few.
And because of this discovery, it was an easy decision for me this Mother's Day to give the gift of health for my own mom. My mom who selflessly give - she just give and never thought about herself! Now that she is getting really old without any healthcare plans, I've decided it's time for me to give back by repaying her with just a simple gesture.
And of course, I have to take into consideration in taking care of my own health, since I started going back to the gym for workout to get strong, why not treat myself with some healthcare plans as well because obviously, I am not getting any younger. And if I love my husband and son a lot, I should at least love myself first to be able to shower more love to others!
Some Prepaid bundles I am really interested in ---
I don't know about you, this may not look like a Big Deal to some of you but this is a HUGE milestone for the AMW household!
Yes, I have a Grade 1 student by next schoolyear and I can't help but feel dramatic about it, I seriously do not have a baby anymore :(
My friend teased me: "You still have around 15 years to go!", there will come a time we'll look back at these digital photos with Kyle himself and just talk about it like it was yesterday.
So I am definitely seizing EVERY SINGLE MOMENT like it was "Oh! Seems like yesterday!". Because I want to look back and say: "I never regret every single moment I spent time with you Kyle!"
Because me and my husband, has always been around his EVERY SINGLE milestones - big or small, we never even categorize them as big or small, we just call them Important Milestones and we just have to witness it!
Kyle, by the time comes you "Googled" your own name and find this article, I just want you to know that: "You are the greatest blessing to me and daddy! We never thought we could love someone as much as we do to you and worry and fear so much things in life because of you! Whatever your goals and dreams are, your mommy and daddy will always back you up! We are so proud of you since the day ONE."
Happy Mother's Day to all mommies out there! If you are reading this, I'm giving you a hug as we are doing a great job raising our kids in our own special ways! No one is perfect, but in their eyes, we are!