Beauté et style de vie

Beauté et style de vie

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A Christmas Gift Guide: For Those On A Budget

A Christmas Gift Guide: For Those On A Budget

I’ve got to admit that Christmas is slowly getting kicked off of its title as my favourite Holiday ever. Just the idea of starting my own Christmas shopping (adulthood, yay!) is just way too much of hassle for me. When I was still in school, […]

How to Dress Chic in the Office During Lazy Days

How to Dress Chic in the Office During Lazy Days

Picking an outfit may not be the best moments anyone experiences every day. And I am guilty of that. I tend to spend most of the mornings rummaging through my closet and ending up still nothing to wear but my frown. Believe me, not the […]

Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer:  Is it worth it?

Rimmel London Stay Matte Primer: Is it worth it?

Did you ever get the feeling of excitement when a makeup product you’ve been eyeing for so long suddenly becomes at your reach? I did. A bunch of times and this one was not an exemption. Rimmel London’s Stay Matte Primer had been in my (Makeup) To-buy List for quite some time now.

The fascination started when I was searching for a good primer for oily skin in this beauty website. A lot of people were freaking out on the effectivity of this product and the little curious cat in me says,”I gotta have this”. So, I made it my mission to hunt it down. And it was difficult. Most international makeup brands aren’t available in my country, so, the only option is to go online. But, you can’t really trust everything you see online. Luckily, I went to this bazaar and there were stalls selling authentic makeup products and when I was looking around, BAM! I found it.

What I was really excited about is the promise of 8-hour shine-free face. And we all know that staying matte is the main goal of this lady here.

The bottle is nothing fancy. It reminds of drugstore moisturizers I have lying around here. But unlike those moisturizers, this primer is packed. Usually, when you pinch a bottle like this, a lot of air comes out, like a bag of chips. But with this primer, nothing much did. So, it’s safe to assume that it can last for weeks (maybe months) depending on how much product you’ll use.

It doesn’t have any weird smell but it sure gives that impression of tackiness on first application. It dries out quickly so you really need to blend it out.

And It sure melts into your skin but it doesn’t entirely minimize pores. I also tried wearing it with and without makeup to test its effectivity. And it worked great on both. My face was mattified but not for 8 hours as it says on the bottle. My t-zone wasn’t shine-free especially my nose despite putting more on it.

Is it worth it? Yeah, it still is but I know that I can do better. I’m pretty sure it can work on combination skin a lot better. It still is worth your buck compared to other drugstore primers so, you can still include this on your to-buy list.

Do you have any primer that is worth checking out?

Mud Mask Straight From The Dead Sea

Mud Mask Straight From The Dead Sea

Aside from my obsession with body butter and hand creams, I also give a fair amount of love for face masks. I have a few collection of sheet masks (to be exact) from Olay, Innisfree and Etude House for the time being. But I’m starting to […]

Self-Love on  a Lazy Weekend

Self-Love on a Lazy Weekend

Ever since I started my new job, I feel like I’m always drained to the core. I usually get up really early for work and get back quite late that it’s been impossible to do anything but sleep. So, weekends are the only days I […]

A Book Review on Everyday by David Levithan

A Book Review on Everyday by David Levithan

Everyday a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally, A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

I remember coming across this book because it somehow struck me as different from all the other books I’ve read and not a big fan of SciFi, I wouldn’t know if there’s a book/story similar to this. Anyway, because of the presence/existence of this book, I came to love David Levithan to the point I bought all his books in paperback and like what I’ve mentioned before in one of my reviews, I don’t just buy paperbacks, I make sure that that book is worthy of my penny and that I am totally in love with it that I just really need a physical copy of it sitting in my shelf.

“It’s one thing to fall in love. It’s another to feel someone else fall in love with you, and to feel a responsibility toward that love.”

Twistedly, I love this book despite its flaws, as people would say. Yes, I am one of those people who just felt something in us move upon reading this. Cheesy? I know. I’m sorry. Reading this book irritated me. Why? Simply because I was imagining myself as A, going through all those situations, lacking sexual identification, lacking a real life, basically lacking the means of being a real person/identity. It’s infuriating.everyday

I must say, A’s character is not unlikable. You could get fond of him/her and I like how we are able to see how he lives the lives of the host. And at the same time, create meaningful moments or help the host at some point. It’s like story after a story after a story within a bigger story. Also, I admire how the author made us feel that we could never be lost in those throngs of stories, that we are still intact with the big picture. The stories vary, there’s humorous, downright sad and tragic so it’s never dull. There’s something new to look forward to.

I got frustrated when it came to the end because I was looking for answers, wanted answers as to why A’s is experiencing it/this but as I come realize, the questions left unanswered are what makes this book different. I mean, the whole point of the story is not knowing who A is or where A came from, the whole point is philosophical and could vary on how the reader perceives it.

With A’s love interest. I’m just not quite ecstatic about it. I have no idea what makes Rhiannon different from the others. Was it her relationship with the self-centered jerk? But who knows, it may not be as understandable to readers like me but I guess A have found some kind of connection with her that he/she never found from anyone all throughout his life situation.

I kind of pity her because I could only imagine how overwhelming it was to have a bomb dropped into your lap out of nowhere. It’s fantastical and it would be hard to absorb but at some point she did. And I’m glad she did. I mean it’s difficult for A to not find someone who would understand his/her situation and be acknowledged as something/someone he/she really wants. I just love the idea that A was not alone anymore and that there was someone he/she could confide into. That is refreshing.

“This is what love does: It makes you want to rewrite the world. It makes you want to choose the characters, build the scenery, guide the plot. The person you love sits across from you, and you want to do everything in your power to make it possible, endlessly possible. And when it’s just the two of you, alone in a room, you can pretend that this is how it is, this is how it will be.”

I don’t know but at the end of reading this, I felt comfort and sadness and I just found myself daydreaming for a few minutes. Some may not understand what I mean but it was what it was. It sure made an impact on me and I’m pretty sure to most of its readers too. It’s just bittersweet. I may not be a fan of Rhiannon but A saying goodbye to her was just so heartbreaking for me. The story may sound aggravating or confusing but I’d like you guys to give it a shot, take a moment and learn to know its meaning.


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How To Celebrate Valentine’s Even Thousand Miles Apart

How To Celebrate Valentine’s Even Thousand Miles Apart

VALENTINE’S DAY IS JUST ONE OF THE many important days in a year that I dread ever since I started long distance relationship (with the most amazing guy I’ve ever dated). Why? Because I know that I won’t be one of the many people who’ll be celebrating it with their partner by their side. But that doesn’t mean I don’t celebrate it with style.

Yes, it takes a lot of creativity and patience to actually come up with something special for this day especially when your time zones are completely way off.  But that doesn’t mean you can’t do what couples who are physically together do.

It’s such a special way of showing how much you appreciate and love a person when you do something out of the ordinary or putting a lot of effort into something for them. My beau has always been a lover of music and instruments, and ever since we’ve met, he’s been writing songs and poems for me.

I remember the first time we celebrated Valentine’s away from each other, he called me up first thing in the morning. He just started strumming his guitar and singing songs that (according to him) reminds him of me. I was completely swept away by the gesture. It was sweet, romantic and intimate. And I know it is something that I won’t see on the store front and that what made it even more special.

Below is the list that is simple yet sweet things (that actually worked) that you can do this Valentine’s for that partner of yours who is a thousand miles away. I promise it doesn’t require money. Just you and your sincerity are enough.


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… Because this is the end game of all endgames. There is nothing more romantic and special than having someone you love write the things he/she loves about you and make it into a work of art. You don’t have to be a professional to express your love and adoration through music or literature because it’s the heart that talks and not the brain.


… Because who said singing is only for Karaoke? Just because you can’t write a song doesn’t mean you’re not allowed to sing. Sing to him/ her all her favourite love songs and he/she will be all over you in no time.


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… Because who said dinner dates can’t be done using the power of technology (and internet)? Put on your best dress/suit, set that table, put some flowers and candles, bring on the chicken and prop that laptop on the table, and VOILA! a date courtesy of Skype. Not only is it unique but also innovative.


… Because no one can resist the power of music. It would be utterly thoughtful and sweet if you make your partner a list of songs that remind you of him/her. Or the relationship you two have. I’m currently in the process of putting all together the songs that speak what my heart feels and the journey we had all throughout our relationship. One of the songs I recommend that you consider is Rachel Platten’s Better Place.


valentine's day

… Because nothing beats a good tear-jerking letter from someone you love. This is one of the favourite things my beau and I do for each other all the time. It is sweet and simple, and can totally hit home. It doesn’t need to be long, a short letter that says how much you love them and how lucky they make you feel are more than enough.


… Because who said you can’t be sexy for your partner from the other side of the world. I’m pretty sure it would make some of you blush that I actually wrote this. But let’s be honest, it’s necessary.

I don’t need to get into detail how you guys can do this.  But let me tell you, this is your cherry on top. And yes, I consider this sweet because it takes a lot of effort to pull this off.

There are a lot of things that you can show and make that your partner feel the love even from the other side of the world. Remember that it’s always the thought that counts but most especially, it’s the person that makes it even more special.

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You don’t need to be near to your loved one to show that you love and adore them. As much as it sucks, keep in mind that Distance never separates two people who are truly in love Click To Tweet.

I hope I gave you guys good ideas and I would totally love to hear your thoughts about this.

 Happy Valentine’s Day loves!


anne wonders