Have you ever felt lost?  You have no idea where to go and where life will take you.  Confused.  Adrift in your chosen journey.  Well, as much as I want to deny it, that's exactly where I'm at right now - in the middle of nowhere.

And no, I'm not talking about the place where we took this photo.  Though it seems relevant too,  especially the 6th one where I face two paths.  Hmmm, it gave me an idea.  I'd definitely edit that one.

Anyway, going back to what I was trying to say here.  Five years ago, when I was preparing for job interviews, there are these common questions I was trying to answer.  One of which is probably one of the most hated questions of all time.  Where do you see yourself in 5 years?  Pft.  It's so damn hard to find the right response to that one.  I can't even remember what I said.  Truth is, I'm not even sure if I answered that in the first place.

Now, it's been 5 years and I can't help but feel disappointed.  I am not sure if I'm in the right place anymore, or more accurately, if I still have a place.  A part of me thinks that maybe this is just all about quarter-life crisis, but the other half of me seems to believe that the universe wants me to take on a new roadtrip, to take the leap.  

I know the future is scary and it's easy (and tempting) to just lock yourself in your comfort zone.  I wish I have all the answers.  I wish I have the power to fast-forward to another five years to see what life has in store for me, and then go back to reality and do my best to prepare for my own "place" in that future.  I wish 5 years from now, I would be able to say to myself that, "Ichi, you made the right choice". 

Sorry for that long and totally unrelated-to-the-outfit intro.  HAHA!  Anyway, I hope you like this simple periwinkle chiffon dress and nude wedge pairing.  If you still haven't found a flattering graduation dress, try this one!  

I love the empire-cut going on right there because I think it gives a subtle flair and it complements the v-neckline.  The color is not too common, but still something that you can play around with.  You can throw on silver and black accessories for a little bit of contrast.  

What do you think?

Dress from The Chic Closet

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your sweetest drug,
Ever since cleansing oils made their appearance in the face cleansing arena, I've seen a lot of converts.  It seems many people love them so much.  I want to try it as well, but I'm a bit skeptical about the product.  I'm not sure if it would do wonders on my normal/combination skin, so I still opted for my good old cleansing buddy, cleansing foam.

Thanks to Tita Mars for this awesome Christmas gift!

I only use facial washes like this at night because that's when I need to really remove dirt and makeup.  In the morning, I use the facial cleanser given to me by Dermax.  I'll tell you more about my AM and PM skincare routine soon.

Innisfree's Green Tea Pure Cleansing Foam promises to gently cleanse the skin without stripping it's natural moisture.  It contains 20% green tea extract according to their website.  I don't see sulfate and alcohol in the list of ingredients as well, though there's fragrance, so people who are sensitive to that might need to stay away from this product.

For me, it is just a simple cleansing foam.  It lathers really well, but doesn't feel too soapy or anything.  You would need only a pea-sized amount and that's enough to clean the face.

It doesn't smell like green tea (or any kind of tea), but there's a slightly strong perfumy scent to it.  Good thing it disappears after a few minutes.

Here's how it removes makeup, or better yet this mess right here.  HAHA!

I only have one thing that's waterproof on the back of my hand, which is the peach eyeliner by Holika Holika.  That's a tough one to remove, so we'll see.

Yep, I told you that's a tough eyeliner right there.  HAHA!  But the rest of the makeup were removed completely.  No traces.

Overall, the cleansing power is easy to beat, but despite of that, I love how it leaves my skin still soft and not squeaky like a newly washed plate.  I don't find it drying at all.

Since it contains green tea goodness, it's also suitable for troubled and dry skin.

One last tip, if you have too much makeup on especially the waterproof ones, better to use a makeup remover or cleansing wipes first.

What do you think?

your sweetest drug,

I know a lot of you guys have already tried this famous pancake restaurant.  Some might have been there since day 1 because of all the hype going on back then.  I think it started to wind down because I haven't seen a long queue at their facade lately.  So, before you get totally uninterested in this post, wait a sec!  You just need to scroll down a few times and I promise I won't bore you with a lengthy post.  HAHA!

IHOP was in our "Restaurants to Try" list and let me tell you, I couldn't count how many times we had planned to visit this one.  So, we thought it's the perfect opportunity for us to eat there  (FINALLY) because it's like a 2-min walk from Central Square, BGC, and that's where I attended Ms. Liz Lanuzo's Blog Anniversary celebration (check out what happened here).

We needed a not-so-heavy dinner because Kris had to play football after and here's what we got.

Breakfast Sampler (395 php) with 2 eggs, 2 hash browns, 2 bacon strips, 2 pork sausages, 2 pieces of ham all in one big plate.

I enjoyed everything except the hash brown.  Of course, they are all fried so expect a very "oily" situation when you order this.  :)

It came with 2 buttermilk pancakes.  Yessss!

You can upgrade it to a flavored one with an extra charge.  We chose New York Cheesecake because the lady there said it's their bestseller.

One piece of this plus a few bites of the stuff in the sampler were enough to make me feel kinda full.  I also had a glass of iced coffee (145 php). 

Yes, it's fluffy and yummy but I don't know.  It's not the "pancakes" that I would go crazy about.  Well, at least for this flavor or maybe even the regular buttermilk too, since this tasted too normal for a cheesecake-pancake.  I was trying to convince myself that there's some cheesecake goodness in it, but there ain't one.  Did we pay an extra charge for the strawberries and whipped cream?  Sad.

Now, my favorite.  Waffle.

Since I just couldn't resist trying their waffle, we ordered a simple one (Simple & Fit Belgian Waffle - 195 php).

Same sentiments.  We're a bit disappointed.  I'd rather buy from Waffos or from Famous Belgian Waffles.  Cheaper but still good (or even better).

But despite of the so-so feelings about their food, I loved their syrups!

Maybe next time, I'd bring Jaela along because the kiddo loves pancakes and waffles too.  She might enjoy a plate or two and guzzle down the syrups.  HAHA!  But if it's just me and Kris, hmmmm.  We'll think about it, okaaaay?  :)

What do you think?

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your sweetest drug,

It's hard for me to skip face powder when I do my makeup, even for my everyday, "barely there" looks.  Actually, I often skip BB cream or foundation and trust my concealer to cover what I need to cover - under eye area, blemishes, you name it.  Then, top it off with my most dependable partner in the whole wide world when it comes to oil control combat, Powdah!

From a Korean brand, I switched to a Japanese brand called Canmake.

After a random visit at their shop in Glorietta, I was mesmerized by the cute products on the shelves.  Kawaii packaging!!!  I checked out few makeup and skin care items and then I remembered that I needed a new face powder.  The saleslady recommended their Marshmallow Finish Powder, which was on sale (10% off I think).  I got it at 612 php.  I was impressed after 2-3 swatches on the back of my hand and near my jawline, so I got it.  Sold. *insert cashier register sound effect here

So...... marshmallow, huh?  Yep, it kinda mimics the texture of that pillowy treat.  Smooth, silky, satiny and...... chewy.  Oops, the last one is for a different category.  HAHA!

I got the shade Matte Beige Ochre, which is a darker one than Matte Ochre according to their website.  This face makeup is like a powder & foundation in one, but IMO it merely works as a regular face powder because of the light coverage and natural finish.

Look at that case people!!!  It's soooo pretty!  It reminds me of Sailor Moon's brooch.

The whole packaging does not look cheap.  It's not heavy as well so perfect to carry for touch ups.

It comes with a puff.  I'm not using it though because I like to apply the powder using a brush.  It feels soft and in good quality, but I have a strong feeling that the ribbon would come off easily.

What I love about it:

  • feels light on skin 
  • gives a smooth and natural finish
  • helps conceal pores 
  • perfect for touch ups - max of 2 layers is still good
  • contains 72% mineral ingredients
  • does not cause unevenness in skin tone
  • does not clog my pores
  • removes shine without making my face look flat
  • blends well with my BB cream and concealer
  • contains moisturizing agents such as aloe vera leaf extract, rosemary extract, chamomile extract & lemon extract
  • not translucent, but not too opaque so coverage is nice (at least for a face powder)
  • great as a setting powder
  • does not cake nor sit in fine lines
  • has SPF 26
  • doesn't feel too drying

  • lasting power is not that great
  • I dropped mine a few times and the powder broke *cries
  • oil-control feature is okay - my oily t-zone will start to appear after 4-5 hours if the weather is nice
  • comes in only 2 shades 

This product is definitely for those who needs a little bit of coverage and can survive with just concealer and powder, because it gives a tad bit of color.  Perfect if you want a fresh-faced look this summer.

Here are some photos.  I haven't done my exfoliation so yeah, pore takeover!

before photo - skin with skincare only | after photo - skincare topped with powder

People with extremely oily skin can still enjoy this but maybe with a few touch ups within the day.  For those with dry skin, I'm not sure if this clings to the dry patches.  

bottom photo - with BB cream, concealer and powder

I'm also not sure if it will give a white cast when you take photos with flash.  Haven't tried that one. 

waiting for it to completely set

I bought it in early December and I'm still using it.  Yep, 3 months and it's still alive!  Alive but broken though because I accidentally dropped it big time.  Now, it's like a loose powder.  HAHA! :)

I'm now looking for a new one to try so please share your suggestions below!  

If you want to see more photos of me wearing Marshmallow Finish Powder, just check out my past MUAH posts from December onwards.

What do you think?

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your sweetest drug,

I was one of Liz's lucky readers who got invited to her 7th Blog Anniversary party held at Beauty Bar, Central Square.  Yes, you read that right.  It's Liz Lanuzo of Project Vanity!

I went with my friend Meg, the beauty blogger behind sunshinegirl.com.ph and of course, Kris was also there to accompany us a bit (he came back with a shopping bag HAHA).

It was a very awkward situation at first because I was too shy to approach other people and other beauty bloggers.  Seriously, if there's a How to Mingle with People -- for Dummies book, I would grab it right away.

After signing up, I received my loot bags (which I will show you guys in a bit) from the event sponsors.  Then, there I was.  No idea what to do next.  The makeup counters though seemed to call me, so I checked out some of them and did a little bit of swatching.

the shoes!!

After welcoming everyone, she demonstrated an easy and fresh summer makeup look.  I loved it because it's fuss-free and light yet still flattering.

And since it's also like a #girlpower event, three of Liz's closest girl friends gave an inspiring and empowering talk.  Rissa Mananquil-Trillo, co-founder of Happy Skin cosmetics - one of the most raved about local makeup brands, shared the brand's story and vision, and what inspired her to enter the world of entrepreneurship. Cheryl Tan-Chua, the person behind the amazing Japanese brands we see here in the Philippines, K-Palette, Cure, and Kracie, taught us a few things about setting our priorities straight.  Lastly, Maymay Samson, Brand Manager of Burt's Bees, gave tips on how to be successful in the corporate world.

Of course, there's this awesome lady who threw funny hirits during the event, Tita K.

And to entertain us, the beauty bloggers did a Lip Sync Battle!

Again, thank you and congratulations Ms. Liz!  Seven years!  Wow!  I can't imagine all the hard work you've put in for your blog and for your readers as well.  What you've achieved is really inspiring!

It's indeed my lucky day because I've finally met Shari A.K.A. The Misty Mom!  She's one of my favorites!  

I look forward to the next event where I can meet them again. #hopeful

Okaaaay, now onto the freebies!

The first bag contains a mix of Beauty Bar products.  I got a sample size of Cure Exfoliator, Fairydrops Mineral Powder and Happy Skin Don't Get Mad Get Even Hydrating Liquid Foundation.

The next bag is from Burt's Bees.  I got Facial Cleansing Towelettes, three lip balms, a lip gloss and body wash.


I'm excited to try all of these products.  I will share my reviews for you all as well. :)

What do you think?

your sweetest drug,