Friday, September 12, 2014

Basic Necessities

When we say "edit", it is not just limited to blog entries, emails to your boss, etc. Editing is also used in our daily choices. The products in your daily vanity routine qualifies for this concept too.

During one of my routine Watson's runs, I decided to refresh my supply of basic human needs makeup that I use daily in the office. Lately, I've at that phase where I keep it minimal but give more attention to my brows. After all, Jeremy Renner said it's the often-neglected part of a woman's face whenever she applies makeup.

I'm still in the process of looking for the perfect eyebrow powder. So far I'm happy with the Suesh eyebrow powder brush I purchased a few months back. I found out about Nichido's eyebrow powder through an officemate during one of those days when I decided to carry a smaller bag (AKA leaving half of my bedroom behind at home) and found out I didn't have any eyebrow powder/pencil with me.


Nichido's eyebrow powder comes in a face-powder sized compact.

Upon opening, it has a reasonably-sized mirror, two shades (Coffee & Black 01), a pair of tweezers and a brush.
Would you take  your Coffee Black? heh. geddit?

I'm happy with Nichido's face powder which I used when I attended the cosplay-themed wedding a few months ago. It does not look cakey. The compact is slim enough to fit in the teensiest of evening bags and won't take up too much space in your kikay kit/maleta/baul. Hence, my second compact came home with me.

Excuse the dirty sponge...
I also grabbed my second tube of L.A. Girl's Pro Concealer, which I also used on the wedding. In fairness, this is the first liquid type concealer that I didn't bitch out about after the first couple of uses.

You had served me well, Tube #1. Time to retire.
 I also had to get new supplies for my basic human needs. Stuff that should always be in my bag no matter what happens.

Baby wipes and alcohol which I transfer on a travel-size bottle.

The weather's getting cooler now. The Watson's brand lotion is on sale for Php99.

I also pack handsoap in a small bottle in my purse.

How about you? What do YOU consider as your "basic necessities"?


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Meet The New Family Members

As far as I could remember, we've always had dogs in our family. My earliest memory of canine family members was my grandma's Chihuahua - Stella (pictured below).

Apparently, my human-doggie relationships goes waaaay back.

I can't believe my dad was this skinny! Check out the vinyl record, yo.

Mommy's trying to get me to smile at the camera, I guess. Check out my punks not dead hair! Naw, it's naturally like that. lol

BJ and me. Nope, that's NOT a rag.

I remember reading something a few years ago that when a dog turns a year old, it has the mentality of a 2 year old child. So I've always treated our pets like babies. Although expect that dogs can only live up to 12-16 years only. The most heartbreaking thing my parents and I went through would always be the painful decision to put one of our dogs to sleep or if one of them decides to go on to Doggie Heaven.

Anyway, just this summer we decided to adopt two native dogs. At one point during the relocation of the informal settlers who lived at the bottom of our street, some cruel [insert appropriate expletive here] decided to tie two dogs on the our street's name post. By the way, this happened mid-April during one of the hottest days of summer we faced this year. The two dogs had no water or any manner of shade to protect them from the heat. One of them also happened to be pregnant as well.

My dad named the pregnant one Abba (a play on the word "abandonada") and mom decided to call the other one Beauty. On June 27, she gave birth to two puppies. Bubbles and Snowy.

Bubbles is the darker-colored one. Snowy is, well.. do the math.

Snowy during one of their play times. 



Bubbles and her canine tooth. Excuse my palo-palo arm.

Snowy with my dad.

They may not be purebred dogs, but they are family. And family means no one gets left behind. :)