Beauty Review: Apotheke Science Niacinamide 10% + Brightening Night Serum

Hello everyone! It feels fantastic having the time to finally sit down and write another beauty review for all of you, beautiful people of the Internet. Today I will be sharing my thoughts about my current favorite skincare products from the new and coming local brand, Apotheke Science. Continue reading “Beauty Review: Apotheke Science Niacinamide 10% + Brightening Night Serum”

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Beauty Bytes: My Updated Night Time Skincare Routine

Hello guys! It feels like a lifetime ago since the last time I wrote a beauty-related blog post in here. The past few months have been a total b-i-a-t-c-h, for a lack of a better adjective. You see, early this year, my phone and my computer gave up on me all at once. I lost a lot of digital archives, photographs, templates — stuff I had worked so hard on for past year.

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Selfish Specters and the Curse of Forgetting

When I was in sophomore year of high school, we were asked to write a book about our lives. A book narrating our birth, our stories. A book introducing ourselves to the world.

I remember pouring my soul into that autobiographical project. Being the shameless, self-confessed (oftentimes narcissistic) writer that I was, I wrote paragraphs after paragraphs, convinced to myself that I was writing something important. I saw my life sharply on a smooth, linear, uninterrupted path. I summoned my memories as effortlessly as breathing.

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September in Squares

By the time this blog post is up, September is about to come to a close. But I am going to leave this post here anyway as a form of remembrance for the closing month and for all the things that it will take away with it.

Thank you, September. You have been gentle and kind.

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Sleepwalking Through the Singularity

If you were given a chance to sleep and wake up 500 million years into the future, would you do it? Would you wish to wake up to a world where humanity, and perhaps the whole of the planet, is entirely annihilated? Where the memory of a former life is so distant and out of reach that it almost feels like you are waking up to an entirely different lifetime? Where the faces and the places surrounding you are no longer tinged with an acute sense of warmth and familiarity? Would you be glad to know that you are alone now, no longer surrounded by the people you once knew, no longer in the presence of every living being you once associated with your own dear life, the memories of them woven in the lonely background of your own, finally becoming one and intertwined.

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Epilogue Part III: There Was Once A Boy Behind This Blog

If you dig deep into this blog, you will find that the first entry I’ve ever written, almost seven years ago, was about a boy. I met him during my first year in college. I couldn’t remember anything about that day now. All I could clearly recall was the sun, burning brightly outside the classroom like there was no end to its flames, and his smile, warm as July weather to my heart that was frozen as ice.

And just like that, I fell madly in love with him — no questions asked. It was as if I was caught in a trap, almost as if the Universe never even gave me a chance to run and escape, or never even asked me if I was ready to risk my heart for what would turn out to be a grand torment of an experience.

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Epilogue Part II: Genealogy of Heartbreaks

I stood by the bridge, overlooking España Boulevard and UST. I thumbed through the spaces that surround me, overtaken by the swooping sensation that I was so close to the world, yet so distant and so disconnected from it all. Lights blinked from every corner of the place like kaleidoscope colors splashing life to the dead canvas of my troubled mind.

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Epilogue Part I: Midnight Tour and Memories

Certain places in the city never catch my attention and make an impact — like the crowded stretch of a boulevard or the blinking signal of traffic lights. I consider them ordinary, the way most people do, and recognize them as merely a part of the overall rhythm of the life force that drives and moves the city.

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Writing as Memory

One . . . two. . . three

The jeepney swerved to the left and to the right before it made a full stop at a gasoline station where its tank was filled with fuel: hot, brazen, and gold. I imagined the smooth texture of the combustible fluid sliding effortlessly down my throat, setting my body in flames. I remembered the film I saw once about a Buddhist monk who burned himself to death in 1963: how fire licked his skin, his robe, his being, and how he felt nothing. I wanted so badly to assume that he died feeling nothing.

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April in a Nutshell

It feels so peculiar typing the word April on this page.

It was only yesterday when my eyes glittered at the sight of fireworks on New Year’s Eve; only yesterday when we welcomed the zodiac year with towering wishes for good health and good fortune; only yesterday when I blew my candles away and embraced a brand new age of existence. Continue reading “April in a Nutshell”

Beauty Haul: What I Got from Althea Korea’s Big Beauty Blowout Sale

It’s been ages since the last time I placed an order at Althea Korea. It was mostly because I was trying to use up my mountain pile of skincare stash before plunging into a new purchase. I take so much time going through all of my skincare products, thanks to my being so inconsistent with my routine haha.

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Beauty Review: Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Foam

Hey, you guys! I’m so glad to be back here in the blog. I wasn’t able to post reviews because my computer got infected with malware and I lost all my files. At the same time, my phone which I use most of the time to take photos also got broken.  How tragic is it that my devices decided to give up on me all at once haha. But yeah, I’m gonna save that story for another blog post.  Continue reading “Beauty Review: Innisfree Green Tea Cleansing Foam”

Beauty Review: Pink Sugar Sweet Cheeks HD Cheek Color

I’ve always been a no-makeup kind of girl. I mean, I’ve tried one too many times to learn how to apply foundation without turning my face into a melting cake or to draw my brows without looking like a total clown. But in the end, I still always end up with a funny face. I think I’m just more comfortable with no makeup on, or maybe I’m just plain lazy haha.  Continue reading “Beauty Review: Pink Sugar Sweet Cheeks HD Cheek Color”

The Internet is a Treasure Chest and Here’s What I Found

So what (mis)fortune has brought me here on the blog on a weekday, spending the hours before bedtime trying to come up with pretty much a nonsensical blog post about my recent online purchases? Ha! The truth is, there’s ten million sad things running through my mind right now and no matter how much I try to reinforce the fact that they are trivial and unimportant, the more I am taken aback by the way they smother me. Continue reading “The Internet is a Treasure Chest and Here’s What I Found”

Beauty Review: It’s Skin Power 10 Formula WH Effector

Hello everyone! Let me begin by saying how much I miss blogging and how much I hate the fact that I am not able to put up content on this blog consistently. But hey I am a firm believer that everyone can find a way to do what they love to do if they truly love what they do (wait what?) so here I am, cramming and crunching on a deadline, and squeezing a quick review on It’s Skin Power 10 Formula Whitening (WH) Effector in between the crazy schedule.  Continue reading “Beauty Review: It’s Skin Power 10 Formula WH Effector”