Do we venture too far from ourselves from time to time? Maybe we do, maybe we don’t. I’m not trying to judge people who have makeup on all the time, this is just visually something quite mind stirring and it is something to think about. Plastic Bodies is a photo composite series by photographer Sheila Pree Bright. I have similar feelings when I’m reviewing just one makeup product. I often don’t put on a full face if I’m only featuring that one item ( as seen in today’s earlier post) simply because, I don’t always have to have a fully made up face. Makeup is fun of course and it’s great for consistent presentation but I like having fun without it sometimes as well it doesn’t have to define me.
View more details on the full series slideshow HERE via Huffington Post
Leyte and Samar are in a State of Calamity* (edited, thanks Dar*), social feeds are abuzz with frustration, anger, and sadness after the strongest recorded typhoon in history hit the central area of our beloved country. The truth is I’m full of mixed emotions as a bystander and resident of the unaffected areas, and this Saturday I even have two upcoming makeup workshops with 2 different brands that I wish I could postpone but one was a pre-commitment with MUFE over a month ago that of course I have to stick to, and the other, well, you’ll hear about it soon. Many, many aspects of life now seem frivolous, even posting pictures of food or products seems downright inappropriate. Photo credit: http://ibtimes.com/caption
“An ounce of help is more than a pound of pity, a grain of volunteerism is more than mountains of cynicism.”
You may have noticed in the last couple of days I put up 1-image posts of upcoming promos and launches plus a small home feature instead of product reviews. It’s partly because I just simply have run out of the regular stream of beauty blogger words for the moment. Truthfully, I can’t completely go on a self-imposed blogging ban this month because I do have a few commitments to some brands from way before the storm hit to feature the seasonal stuff they sent me. But yes for most other than workshops and brand new products I’m putting my foot down and I’ll just have to apologize nalang because they’ll have to wait, I just can’t right now. Forgive me if any reviews (if they do show up later on) end up somewhat lackluster or somber, they will always be honest and detailed but reviews are about temporary things that will never compare to the value of people’s lives trying to hang on and in need of our help. I hope you understand, whether or not a post shows up. If one does then please also don’t judge, this has become part of my work as well, but please know that I will of course be sensitive because I am, like many of you, quite affected by all that’s happening out there.
There’s the harsh reality that life goes on in the unaffected cities and sadly we all must comply responsibly with ongoing schedules if we’re not sitting shotgun with military dudes en route to Tacloban, Capiz, Bohol or any of these devastated places. My brother and I set aside our share for Yolanda relief and will still be trying to volunteer in the next few days at our church. If you can do the same, please do, too, otherwise prayer and donations are always welcome (check out the legit organizations you can donate to here on the blog’s sidebar). There are ways to help, and as my German uncle shared “An ounce of help is more than a pound of pity, a grain of volunteerism is more than mountains of cynicism.” Let’s also be balanced in our dealings at this time with other people in everyday life and try also to not step on their toes if they’re celebrating a personal happy moment, finding joy in something, or embracing recent victories, after all happiness…as well as sadness is a part of life.
“Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” ROMANS 12:15
JEREMIAH 23: 1-4 “Doom to the shepherd-leaders who butcher and scatter my sheep!” God’s Decree. “So here is what I, God, Israel’s God, say to the shepherd-leaders who misled my people: ‘You’ve scattered my sheep. You’ve driven them off. You haven’t kept your eye on them. Well, let me tell you, I’m keeping my eye on you, keeping track of your criminal behavior. I’ll take over and gather what’s left of my sheep, gather them in from all the lands where I’ve driven them. I’ll bring them back where they belong, and they’ll recover and flourish. I’ll set shepherd-leaders over them who will take good care of them. They won’t live in fear or panic anymore. All the lost sheep rounded up!’ God’s Decree.”
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Remember me? The girl behind this beauty blog? LOL, don’t worry I’m still here for that, I just decided to put a doorstop on the beauty posts while everyone was on break, smartest thing to do for the blog? Not really, coz lots of people were home cozying up to the internet or Instagramming to the nines at some beach it would have actually been “statistically” more ideal if I had posted stuff. The main thing was, emotionally I was on break, it was more a personal choice than a beneficial choice for the blog. I decided to relax, so I did. I prepared a hefty artsy makeup look post thinking it might make it to Halloween but it didn’t so I’ve saved it to be posted, knowing that thousands of parties will be happening between now, Christmas Day, and New Year’s YES we’re getting there, folks, so that artsy look will still be relevant. Among other things my mother came home from Spain just recovering from a nasty viral flu (which silently came from me before she left & stalked her in Spain) so I did the groceries, errands, and gassing up in advance (don’t be too impressed, it’s not the picture in your head, I had her driver because she was away lol) before her return. When she came back within 2 days we had cousins IMPROMPTU come over to sleepover, EAT, go to Enchanted Kingdom + friends, EAT, sleepover, and EAT again… and there went the groceries lol.
TOP: “Creme de La Creme” tank by Bershka SHORTS: Forever21 studded shorts SLIPPERS: Havaianas Ltd. Edition Cheshire Cat
SUNSCREEN: Avene High Protection SPF50 sunscreen “Very Water Resistant” (WARNING: the spray is a squirt, so spray onto hands first), BASE: Laura Mercier OIL-FREE Tinted Moisturizer “Nude”, CONCEALER: Shiseido Perfect Refining Foundation SPF15 (used to conceal under eyes and around nose and mouth only, long-wearing), BRONZER: Dior NUDE TAN BB Creme 02 blended around edge of face towards center to take the pale sunscreen edge off the look POWDER: Laura Mercier Loose Mineral Powder in “Natural Beige”, BROWS: MAC Riri Veluxe Brow Pencil “Deep Brunette LIPS: Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Lippie “Crushing On You” BLUSH: Benefit Rockateur MASCARA: Maybelline Full ‘N Soft (U.S. only) Waterproof
For Beauty’s sake, in case you’re wondering, yes, I wore theme-park-appropriate makeup coz I knew there’d be photos (alongside a lot of young people, just in case you didn’t know, I’m 30) ! And no I didn’t bring ALL these with me, did the look at home and only took the powder, Happy Skin “Crushing on You” Lippie, MAC Riri Brow Pencil, LM tinted moistie and Avene Sunscreen along > ( the SPF which all the kids asked for in a hot minute…literally), wait, yea that’s half LOL.
The aim was to look fresh in photos, not DONE, that’s why I used a liquid foundation as my concealer, didn’t wanna go heavy but I wanted to make sure it would be longwearing. I thought randomly this would be great to post since I hadn’t PLANNED to do a post on this at all when I pulled this look together. Also, I was organically rushing so it’s quite the birthchild of sun & sweatproof requisites + on-the-go instinct.
Mom, at first, thought I was wearing a too much during breakfast at home because the WHITE-ish Avene sunscreen hadn’t oxidized beneath my tinted moisturizer yet, but once I got to the theme park and began sweating, the sunscreen & makeup + mineral powder began to blend in and I knew it looked just right for photos, and in person, too! By the way this day was absolutely awesome because we hadn’t planned to be this many, we just randomly invited each other and others like friends of boyfriends and girlfriends etc came and joined us! Then best of all, maybe not all will agree LOL, it rained in the evening and we rode the Space Shuttle rollercoaster in the DARK in the RAIN, I didn’t think it was a great idea strapped in my seat on the way up hahaha, but once we’d done it it was actually really, really cool.
The silence around here is deafening isn’t it? Blame it on Europe. I’ll promise you loads of yummy posts in the next few days (not to mention truckloads of pictures) but right now I’m in the UK somewhere in Wales with the Valencianos, my cousins, and it’s my birthday I am now thirty, people here could hardly believe it, and our Swiss host in Zurich said it was impossible…but here I am.
I get quite shy when people pull for me or go out of their way to make things happen for me. It’s always so much easier to say “I’m okay, you don’t have to…” but I’m realizing now that it’s sometimes even better to just say “Thank you…I’m so glad you did…” from the bottom of my heart. I feel very spoiled for my age in fact and I think I have God to “blame” for all this.
My lovely beauty inspired Marks & Spencer birthday card given by the Vees…
There are many things I can’t explain, like why I look so young, or know too little, why too many wonderful people love me or why I haven’t reached certain places…but then I hear a still small voice begin to say “You are here and you are Mine because I love you.” and all doubt walks out the back door. My life is awesome thanks to Him and I only hope I can find lots of ways to spread the love. Thank you all for being there for me…what a truly remarkable life this has been so far. We head out to London tomorrow and I can’t wait to be up and about.