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“me time” essentials

๐Ÿ’Theย ABCs of my โ€œme timeโ€ essentials include:

Good:

  • Ambianceย ๐ŸŒฟ๐ŸŒป
  • Bookย ๐Ÿ“–
  • Coffeeย โ˜•๏ธ

On this particular day, I managed to squeeze in some “me time.” I actually wanted to make it a regular part of my schedule, maybe once a month, one Saturday or one Sunday when I will spend it somewhere, just reading, chilling, writing my thoughts, drafting some blog posts, having coffee in a cozy place. On some days, I can also watch a movie after I’m done with my reading and writing. I should do it, I think it will be a good investment for one’s wellness to have some me time once in awhile. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Last Sunday, I brought this book with me, I’ve read it a few weeks ago, and I wanted to browse it again and be reminded of the beauty and versatility of wearing white shirts. I consider it to be a classic and classy wardrobe staple.
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I used to not like white shirts.ย I thought it didnโ€™t look good on my complexion.ย But it has changed in the recent years,ย I now love white shirts.ย Itโ€™s either Iโ€™ve become less conscious of how things look on me or comfort has become a priority as I mature โ€” must be both reasons. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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This is another change in me which I lovingly embrace, wearing a basic white tee with white or denim pants is my fave outfit now, and I am certain it will be that way for a really long time, or maybe until I get old and grey. ๐Ÿ˜›

#embracingchange #simplicityisbeauty

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All the Hs that I โ™ฅ…

IMG_0507The first H that I love is no other thanย Hermรจs, it’s a given, right? ;P Of course, I’m kidding, or more appropriately, daydreaming. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I like Kelly, but I love the Constance bagsย much more, photo on the right. If there’s one overly generous person who will be willing to buy me luxe bags, this would be it, I’ll get one in dark chocolate, deep red, moss green & rusty tangerine. Dreaming is free, right? ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh well, sorry, on a serious note…

The most important H for me is Health. To be healthy is the best blessing that one can ever ย have from the Lord. When you are in good ย health, you can live the best way you can possibly hope and dream of.ย I ย just couldn’t emphasize enough how important it is to take care of one’s health, to be mindful of what it really means and to actually breathe it in as a way of life.

In our family, my sister and I were raised knowing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, eating fruits and veggies and drinking lots of water are good for our bodies. Thankfully, I grew up healthy, though I was thin. I used to be chubby when I was a baby but gradually became thin when I started going to school at age 6.

I became more health-conscious when I was in my early thirties. I had endometriosis and adenomysis since I was in my mid-twenties which caused too much pain when I was having my period, I took pain relievers for a really long time because I refused to take pills and other medicines. I decided to take the alternative path to healing through eating healthy more consciously, limiting sugar and dairy intakes, trying to exercise and reading a lot of stuff about healthy lifestyle and overall wellness and applying the lessons I get from it. And then I learned that a healthy lifestyle isn’t only about what we eat, how often we exercise, how intentionally we avoid getting stressed out and living a life with positive and thankful outlook. We also need to check on the products that we use and apply on our bodies. The products we put on our skin are being absorbed and can have good or bad effects on our health depending on the ingredients each product has.

So for more than 3 years now, I became very picky with the products I use, I read labels and I avoid buying anything with EDTAs and parabens. There are a lot of ingredients to avoid, which I couldn’t memorize, which are unfortunately in most products we use. So I prefer all things natural, organic with my skin care & beauty products, even my nail lacquers are made of safe ingredients, my fave brands are Orly and Zoya.

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To make things easy for me (less stress, better health, right?) I support local brands which use organic and natural ingredients, so #loveOrganic #loveLocale. ๐Ÿ™‚

The 2nd and 3rd H”ย which I love areย Humanโ™ฅNature and HappySkin.

So I will be sharing the products that I lovingly use regulary and will surely use faithfully for a really long time. ๐Ÿ™‚

Let’s start with bathroom products, all byย Humanโ™ฅNature, from hand wash to feminine wash (top left to bottom right).

IMG_0735First, I wash my hands using the liquid soap, brush my teeth using the natural toothpaste and wash my face using either of the 3 facial washes. I use the hydrating creamy wash on weekdays, the balancing wash on weekends, while I use the nourishing wash after I play squash in the office. I use the mandarin fresh scent for shampoo and conditioner, I use them alternately during the week. I use the gentle berry body wash most of the time, sometimes I only use soap, and then coffee&vanilla body scrub once a week. For the feminine wash, my favorite scent is the chamomile, because chamomile is one of my favorite flowers. ๐Ÿ˜‰ At home, we also use the natural dishwashing liquid for our kitchenwares (photo on the left).

Before bedtime, these are the products that I use.

IMG_0726I start of with the Pixi Glow toner, then I apply the SkinFood Royal Honey Eye Creamย on my under-eye, then apply either the Overnight Elixir or the Radiant Grace night cream, both by Humanโ™ฅNature.

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For more than a decade already, I made it a habit to apply a clear balm on my lips before I sleep. Here are my favorite brands, Nuxe, HumanHeartNature and VMV. Kiehl’s is gifted to me.

 

IMG_0720In the morning, before I go to work or church or other commitments, I apply basic make-up. I am not a heavy make-up user, I can go out just wearing a lipstick, I use other make-up products just because I am a woman. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But honestly, I really prefer a no-make up look – always! ๐Ÿ™‚

The first product I apply on my face is the SkinFood Tomato sun cream, I absolutely love this product, love the scent and finish on my face. I’ll buy my next tube in October, when I go to Busan. ๐Ÿ™‚

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After the sunscreen, I apply the zit-zapper cream on my under-eye, then the blur cream on my T-zones.

Next to apply is my favorite bronzer by Nuxe, I bought this in Paris, I so love its scent, it is so easy to apply, it complements my skin color well.

After the bronzer, I apply some cheektint using either of these HappySkin products.

The next products I apply are the lipgloss and lipstick. There’s no denying that I love HappySkin lippies, I currently have 5 in different colors but I think I was able to finish 2 sticks already. For the lipgloss, I have 5 as well, by Humanโ™ฅNature, Muji which I bought in Osaka, 2 BareMinerals (gifted by Gillian) and the last one is Clinique from Leslie. ๐Ÿ™‚

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If I will be asked to just use one “make-up”, this will be it, I love the color, the finish on my lips and it’s so affordable, too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I finish off my make-up by spraying this hydrating face mist. ๐Ÿ™‚

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So there, I hope you learn something from this very long post, and I hope you also enjoy reading it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Stay H, everyone! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย Happy, Healthy & Holy. ๐Ÿ˜

Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20