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Updated Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin

Updated Skin Care Routine for Oily Skin

It was three months ago when I shared my skin care routine for oily skin and the products I was using as recommended by my Dermatologist. The journey was good, slow but good. I have gotten the results I wanted all throughout that treatment. But then […]

Matte Foundation That Works For My Oily Skin

Matte Foundation That Works For My Oily Skin

I believe it was a year ago when I learned about the Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless foundation. It was that kind of product that I’ve been wanting to try out for so long but couldn’t. It seemed to be, from what I’ve been hearing, a very […]

Why You Should Add Rose Water In Your Beauty Regime

Why You Should Add Rose Water In Your Beauty Regime

I recently just emptied the skincare products I use that my Dermatologist gave to me. So, I have decided to explore the market and look for lot better options. I guess this newfound courage to try other products emerged because of how good my skin feels right now. The face toner was the first product that got empty. I wasn’t really in the mood nor do I have time to book an appointment with my doctor just because of a toner. Also, I’ve been wanting to get a different product just to see if I could get faster results.

And so, I went to a Japanese store near our place but not for the purpose of buying a toner. I was actually just going to buy a makeup remover. But, plans changed and I got caught up with all sorts of products that I suddenly got two products in my shopping bag.

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only woman with the experience (wink).

Anyway, I came across this face toner as I was looking for the makeup remover (and maybe something else). What immediately caught my attention was how pretty it looks. I mean, how many face toners have you seen that has real flower petals inside of them? Right? And that it comes in this cute, chubby bottle. I thought to myself, “I have to buy it.”

So, when I learned that it’s a Rose water facial toner I got excited. I’ve always wanted to try Rose water. I mean, Rose water has been known for decades after decades for being one of the best natural beauty products in the world. Cleopatra had this in her beauty regime.

Rose water actually has tons of benefits and it is good for all skin types. It has astringent properties that help tone and clean pores. It also controls excess oils in the face (Yay for me), reduces skin problems like acne, redness, scars, wrinkles and fine lines, and it has antioxidant properties that help strengthen our skin cells. But most importantly, it is perfect for hydrating and moisturizing the skin.

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You can actually make your own Rose water but if you’re like me who have limited to no access to roses (or any flowers), this one is a good bargain. It didn’t even make much of a dent in my pocket since it only cost 99 pesos or two bucks. But make sure if you’re on a hunt for Rose water, it is 100% pure.

I’ve been really loving it. I didn’t get any skin irritation or whatsoever. My skin actually feels softer, more hydrated and no sign of oiliness since it is water. I am also thinking of putting a few drops in my moisturizer. Also, the scent really helps a lot. I’ve read that it can really relax your mind and body.

I will definitely be using it more and maybe stick to it for a few months or so. But I’ll be sure to try to make my own soon.

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A Trip To The Lion City: Singapore

A Trip To The Lion City: Singapore

A little over a week ago, my family and I flew to Singapore. It was the most exciting and memorable trip because I’ve never been out of the country before. And this trip is definitely a dream come true for a young traveler at heart […]

What I’ve Been Up To Lately

What I’ve Been Up To Lately

This is my little peace offering for bailing out on you all for days now. I’ve been quite holed up in my own little world for a while now especially that it’s rainy season. Sort of. It gets a little wet sometimes but since there’s […]

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

I am officially in love with this book! Hands down to Sophie Kinsella for writing such amazing books all the time. I just read the book for like two and a half days and if I weren’t busy with school stuff I’d probably finish it in one sitting. Yes, that’s how engrossed I was with this book. I am just too psyched to tell everyone how I feel and think about this book. I’m literally bubbling inside with excitement as I write this down. It’s a definite MUST-HAVE. I’m not kidding.

It’s one of those books that tackles about mental illness in a light, friendly approach that definitely tells you that the author is considerate and mean no offense to those that have them.

“Life is all about climbing up, slipping down, and picking yourself up again. And it doesn’t matter if you slip down. As long as you’re kind of heading more or less upwards. That’s all you can hope for. More or less upward.”

Ever since I read the first chapter, I’ve found myself falling in love with their dysfunctional family. I could almost see the scenes unfold right before my very eyes. I would go further and say they could be a part of a funny sitcom and Anne Turner – Audrey’s mom – would totally rock the whole thing. And don’t start me with her love-hate relationship with her son, Frank. Those two would be the perfect duo. I mean, crazy “Daily Mail obsessed” mom + stubborn “video game obsessed” teen? Who wouldn’t want to see them together?

This book is defo for those who are just looking for something funny and lighthearted story and at the same time very much well-written. I simply love the humour. It’s not trying too hard, it just comes off completely funny. The characters compliment each other and they have helped a lot in supporting the whole story and it is nice how they’ve developed all throughout the story.sophie kinsella

I also love how the story doesn’t focus much on her love interest or it doesn’t try to make it all romantic and stuff like that coz it doesn’t come off as cliche. And in my opinion, Linus is much more of a helping hand. He’s not basically the sole reason Audrey conquered it all, he’s more of an inspiration. It mainly just focused on Audrey and her development, how she’s conquering her illness and it’s amazing how positive her character is. And I think this book gives way to those people who aren’t well aware of anxiety disorder, it makes them understand it at some point.

There are lessons that this book offers, about life and relationship with people. Each phrase holds something meaningful in them that we could all use as an inspiration in our daily lives. “…that’s what life is. We’re all on a jagged graph. I know I am. Up a bit. Down a bit. That’s life.”

Alas, I highly recommend this to everyone out there.

anne wonders


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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.

WRITE A SONG OR POEM

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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.

SING A SONG

… 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.

SKYPE DINNER DATE

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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.

PLAYLIST OR MIXTAPE

… 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.

WRITE A LETTER

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… 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.

SEXY TIME

… 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!

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anne wonders