My New Sample Room Haul - Goodies from Cream Silk, Soleil Et Lune and Ladouce!

/ Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Hey Sample Room, it's been a while. :)
If I'm not mistaken, this is only my first haul from them for the year 2018. 
I think I stopped ordering sample products when my debit card stopped working for online payments
but now that it's been upgraded to the one with EMV chip and it's working fine, I'm back in business. 
These products caught my eye and thankfully, I had enough points in my account to cover them all. I always prefer ordering stuff that will be useful to my daily life so I got a perfume to keep me smelling fresh, a conditioner for my DDD (dry, dead, damaged) locks, and a controversial piece that will be very useful when that time of the month comes. ;)

Here's a rundown of all the products in my latest Sample Room haul.

Soleil et Lune (Brigitte)
Bursts of fruity essence for the woman who uplifts like the sunshine wherever she goes. The opening is fresh with crisp, dewy green notes, blackcurrants and petit grain. This is followed by a lusciously ripe heart of succulent nectarines and acacia honey, all resting on a warm base of vetiver, peach and plums.
FULL SIZE: 10mL / 30mL / 50mL
PRICE: PHP 380 / PHP 780 / PHP 1180
Soleil et Lune (Brigitte) Review and Rating
I may have mentioned in this blog that I am easily nauseated with perfumes. Thankfully, I didn't experience any headaches when I first got a whiff of Brigitte by Soleil et Lune. This scent reminds me of Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey albeit Brigitte is  tad heavier and sweeter than the former. It makes sense though because as the description says, the heart of this scent is "succulent nectarines and acacia honey".  I am a fan of fruity scents so this fits the bill.
If there's anything I can complain about this product I'd say it's the longevity. It never seems to go beyond the 2 hour mark on me.  Rating: 3/5

Cream Silk Fresh Hydration Conditioner
"Transform your summer-dry hair this hot season with the newest Cream Silk Fresh Hydration Conditioner. With Advanced Hair Reborn Technology and Hydra-Collagen Complex, it makes rough, frizzy, and summer-dry hair feel fresh and hydrated for up to 24 hours of long-lasting freshness without the greasy feel."
FULL SIZES: 11ml/ 170ml/ 340ml
PRICES: PHP 6.50/ PHP 109.00/ PHP 197.50
Cream Silk Fresh Hydration Conditioner Review and Rating
I think it goes without saying that Cream Silk is still the leader in the Conditioner market in this country. It remains a favorite because it is affordable and is of good quality and of course this Fresh Hydration is no exception. The formula is less thicker than their regular conditioners but it works just fine in keeping the frizz in check without the greasy feel. However,  I think I still need more in the hydration department. And the 24 hour fresh feel claim is too tall for me. Rating: 3.5/5

Ladouce Tampons (Mini)
"Each Ladouce Tampon is designed to provide the highest soft and safe absorbency for all users. Mini tampons are best for beginner and/or women who have light menstrual flow. Normal tampons are best for moderate menstrual flow, while super tampons are best for heavy menstrual flow."
FULL SIZE: 1 box (16 tampons)
PRICE: PHP 199
I have yet to review this product mainly because as I write this blog post, I am still waiting for my period. πŸ˜ƒ I have zero experience when it comes to using tampons so I don't know what to expect. I was just surprised though, when I opened the box. I expected the tampons to be bigger but it's just about the size of M16 bullets. LOL. Now I'm wondering if how much blood can it actually hold. I will be making a separate post about my experience in using tampons.

That's it for now.
And it's always a pleasure doing business with Sample Room.

XO,
Carissa
Hey Sample Room, it's been a while. :)
If I'm not mistaken, this is only my first haul from them for the year 2018. 
I think I stopped ordering sample products when my debit card stopped working for online payments
but now that it's been upgraded to the one with EMV chip and it's working fine, I'm back in business. 
These products caught my eye and thankfully, I had enough points in my account to cover them all. I always prefer ordering stuff that will be useful to my daily life so I got a perfume to keep me smelling fresh, a conditioner for my DDD (dry, dead, damaged) locks, and a controversial piece that will be very useful when that time of the month comes. ;)

Here's a rundown of all the products in my latest Sample Room haul.

Soleil et Lune (Brigitte)
Bursts of fruity essence for the woman who uplifts like the sunshine wherever she goes. The opening is fresh with crisp, dewy green notes, blackcurrants and petit grain. This is followed by a lusciously ripe heart of succulent nectarines and acacia honey, all resting on a warm base of vetiver, peach and plums.
FULL SIZE: 10mL / 30mL / 50mL
PRICE: PHP 380 / PHP 780 / PHP 1180
Soleil et Lune (Brigitte) Review and Rating
I may have mentioned in this blog that I am easily nauseated with perfumes. Thankfully, I didn't experience any headaches when I first got a whiff of Brigitte by Soleil et Lune. This scent reminds me of Jo Malone Nectarine Blossom and Honey albeit Brigitte is  tad heavier and sweeter than the former. It makes sense though because as the description says, the heart of this scent is "succulent nectarines and acacia honey".  I am a fan of fruity scents so this fits the bill.
If there's anything I can complain about this product I'd say it's the longevity. It never seems to go beyond the 2 hour mark on me.  Rating: 3/5

Cream Silk Fresh Hydration Conditioner
"Transform your summer-dry hair this hot season with the newest Cream Silk Fresh Hydration Conditioner. With Advanced Hair Reborn Technology and Hydra-Collagen Complex, it makes rough, frizzy, and summer-dry hair feel fresh and hydrated for up to 24 hours of long-lasting freshness without the greasy feel."
FULL SIZES: 11ml/ 170ml/ 340ml
PRICES: PHP 6.50/ PHP 109.00/ PHP 197.50
Cream Silk Fresh Hydration Conditioner Review and Rating
I think it goes without saying that Cream Silk is still the leader in the Conditioner market in this country. It remains a favorite because it is affordable and is of good quality and of course this Fresh Hydration is no exception. The formula is less thicker than their regular conditioners but it works just fine in keeping the frizz in check without the greasy feel. However,  I think I still need more in the hydration department. And the 24 hour fresh feel claim is too tall for me. Rating: 3.5/5

Ladouce Tampons (Mini)
"Each Ladouce Tampon is designed to provide the highest soft and safe absorbency for all users. Mini tampons are best for beginner and/or women who have light menstrual flow. Normal tampons are best for moderate menstrual flow, while super tampons are best for heavy menstrual flow."
FULL SIZE: 1 box (16 tampons)
PRICE: PHP 199
I have yet to review this product mainly because as I write this blog post, I am still waiting for my period. πŸ˜ƒ I have zero experience when it comes to using tampons so I don't know what to expect. I was just surprised though, when I opened the box. I expected the tampons to be bigger but it's just about the size of M16 bullets. LOL. Now I'm wondering if how much blood can it actually hold. I will be making a separate post about my experience in using tampons.

That's it for now.
And it's always a pleasure doing business with Sample Room.

XO,
Carissa
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It seems like only yesterday when I was writing a blog post about Celestine's Moving Up Ceremony in April and now, here we are: saying hi to June... and July, 'coz this blog post is overdue. :)
In other parts of the world, and even in some schools in the Philippines, June means being close to the end of the school days. But for us, it's only the beginning of the term.


So it's goodbye to sleep ins and hello early mornings.
Goodbye to late night movie marathons and hello homeworks.
Basically, it's goodbye to the chill life and hello stress.

Celestine is now a grade schooler so she's in school all day. I enjoy seeing her respond to new lessons. I am happy that she has love for learning. I will never get tired of her stories. There's that boy classmate who never talks to her no matter how any times she strikes up a conversation. And when she received as much as a nod from this classmate, it was newsworthy. There's that time that she managed to tie back her shoelaces after she took them off when she went to the bathroom to pee. Or that time when they played the mannequin game. Really, her stories are my stress busters at the end of the day. 
I've also done a bit of parenting stuff at school. Yep, general cleaning. That, plus waking up an hour earlier than what I'm used to. Plus cooking breakfast and making her eat quickly. Why do kids move like sloths in the morning? Plus convincing her to take a bath even if the water is cold. And dressing her up while she thinks of a few more delaying tactics. That's just some of the adjustments I've made. And it's just for one kid. If I had three, I think I would go crazy!

A month into this new routine and I am happy to report that I am doing well. I've adapted, as moms are wont to do. And I am glad that despite all of the stuff that I have to do in the morning, I am never late for work. Actually, I arrive at least fifteen minutes earlier than 8:00 AM. I'm doing well, thank you! ;)

Real life isn't perfect. Nothing ever sails smoothly forever. 
But here I am, putting up a good fight. All because I have a good girl with me and I have made a promise since Day One that I will always, ALWAYS have her back.
It's a delicate balance that moms have to make: we want to always be there for them but we also want to teach them to be independent.
There will be wrong answers during quizzes but hey, that's more reason to work twice as hard.

Now, where's that Momoland stuff and let's start dancing to Boom Boom. :)
Kids these days.

XO,
Mummy Cassie 



Yep! Time really flies.
But, I will always look back fondly to this memory for years and years and years to come because,
"It's Britney, bitch!" 😜
And I was with two of my bestest friends while watching our Queen slaying at the Mall of Asia Arena on June 15, 2017. 
Crayzy!

I have previously blogged about this trip - a lot - and  these are the links. I'll just put 'em here together so it's easier for me to find them too. 



For all the stuff we did while waiting for the 8:00 PM show, here's the link. Yes, from the time we boarded the plane until we boarded again.

Travel Diaries: The Day The Posh Siblings Came To Manila To See Britney



It's still part of 'what we did while waiting for the 8:00 PM show' but deserved a separate post.

In Photos: Up Up In The Sky With The MOA Eye!


And show time! 

June is Over And I'm Still Gushing Over The Britney Live In Manila Concert


Here is a video that I have just uploaded recently. Now, as Britney fans would know, she's not much of a talker when she performs. Not like Taylor, for example who gives speeches, respectively. I was even wondering if she would talk at all. But she did and I will never ever forget her shrill and high pitched voice. It's on the video. It's really funny too, how you'd expect that something was about to happen when she asked which side of the crowd was louder.
And then she just walks away with "I think this side wins, sorry". Ha ha
I love you Brit. πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’œπŸ’™πŸ’“

What else?
I also have a video of her performance of Make Me but YouTube won't let me upload it due to copyright issues. I can't share. 😞


But the most amazing part, save for the show itself, was the sea of Britney fans jamming to her hits as they made their way out of the Arena.

All together now....
Hit me baby one more time!

Ha ha
It never gets old,

XO, 
Carissa
Here's a review of It's Skin Power 10 Formula Q10 Effector.
It's Skin Power 10 Formula Q10 Effector
Price: Php 390.00, dicounted from Php 720.00
Where to Buy:  ph.althea.kr

What Is It?
It is a lightweight, quick absorbing essence. This Q10 Effector is enriched with Coenzyme-Q10 that's found naturally in the skin to restore vitality and resilience to the skin. This lightweight, fast-absorbing concentrate applies on without leaving behind any sticky residue while instantly hydrating the skin. With anti-aging properties, this product promotes regeneration of skin cells so that you have a supple, radiant complexion.

Ingredients
According to the page at Althea, the following are the active ingredients of this product together with their functions.
Ceramide - Strengthens the skin's barrier and keeps it protected 
Cellulose - Has strong humectant properties that improves the skin's moisture content
Pseudoalteromonas ferment extract - Anti-aging agent that increases collagen and elastin production

Packaging, Details and Other Labels
It comes in a glass bottle with a dropper to dispense the product. I like the packaging actually, it doesn't look or feel cheap, even if the product comes at a really affordable price.




In Action
The watery gel formula is easily absorbed by the skin and doesn't leave behind a sticky feeling.

My Take
The manufacturer of this product It's Skin is touted as "a Korean skincare brand that provides clinical-grade solutions for common everyday skin problems". If you visit the It's Skin page at Althea, you will see that there are about a dozen different serums and essences, they're known as the Power 10 line, and they really target different skin concerns. So there's one for whitening, for anti aging and so on. That being said, now that I am reviewing this product, I am really wondering why I picked up the Q10 Effector one, since I am alien to the concept of this Q10. 😊 I could have went for the pore minimizing one. I bought this last year so my memory is already kind of hazy. But here we are. I Googled the benefits of incorporating Coenzyme Q10 into my skincare routine and into my life so I realized I may have made a good decision after all.

The funny thing is, I didn't immediately fall head over heels about this product. Sure I loved how the lightweight, fast-absorbing concentrate applies on without leaving behind any sticky residue but at first I didn't notice any significant difference on my skin. It took me about consuming half the contents of the bottle before feeling and seeing the effects. You know how it feels, when you wake up in the morning and you love what you're seeing - a glowing, radiant complexion which feels soft and supple to touch. Can't keep my hands off my face. I also noticed that my skin is less prone to pimples. I would love to try the other variants in the Power 10 line but this one is something that I won't hesitate to buy again in the future. 

I also observed that in order to maximize the effects of this product you have to be vigilant about other skincare steps such as cleansing and exfoliating to promote better absorption. I exfoliate about 2 to 3 times a week and together with this essence, my skin feels baby soft.

It's Skin Power 10 Formula Q10 Effector Rating
Packaging: 4/5
Quality: 4/5
Performance: 3.5/5
Value for Money: 4/5
User Friendliness: 4/5
Final Rating: 3.9/5

Have you tried any of the products in It's Skin's Power 10 line? 
Share your experience about them.

XO,
Carissa
Here's a review of Ever Bilena's Matte Liquid Lipstick in Sexy Nude .
Ever Bilena Matte Liquid Lipstick
Shade: Sexy Nude
Price: Php 185.00
Where I Got It: Watsons, Gaisano Grand Catarman, Catarman, Northern Samar
Where to Buy: drugstores and department store nationwide, Ever Bilena is basically everywhere these days!

What is it?
Matte liquid lipsticks are trendy these days and here's Ever Bilena's take on it.

Ingredients


Packaging, Labels and Other Details
It comes in a no frills plastic tube packaging. The shade name is labelled at the top of the tube cap. Other details like manufacturing date, etc are written at the bottom of the tube.

Here's the doe foot applicator. I love the size of it. Just perfect for outlining the lips. I also love how the product doesn't gather up at the base of the cap. 
Swatch
Here's the swatch. Sexy Nude is a peachy-pink shade of nude.

In Action
Here's a photo of my bare, freshly scrubbed lip vs. wearing two layers of the Ever Bilena Matte Liquid Lipstick in Sexy Nude.

My Take
I  picked this color because I'd just ran out of my NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm and since Sexy Nude looked so close in terms of color on the tube, I decided to try it out.When swatched side by side, the two look like twins but as the products dry up, NYX SMLC Stockholm stays true to its peachy-pink shade while EB Matte Liquid Lipstick oxidizes to a more pink shade, albeit it's not very obvious on my photo above. 

Now on to my comments about the EB Matte Liquid Lipstick. It has a scent that I could associate with vanilla and coconuts or that Butter Coconut biscuit cracker. The scent lingers on for while and stays on faintly even after the product has dried up. 

It comes in a creamy liquid formula; not too runny at all. It doesn't dry up easily so you have ample time to apply it. I have observed though that the best way for me to apply it is to not try to have many passes with the applicator. Just outline the lips, fill-up the blanks, press lips together and leave it alone. It will look just fine and even compared to when I try to keep layering the product. It will look glossy for a while but after more than a minute, it will dry down to a powdery matte looking finish.

There's a unsettling feeling left behind though even after it has set, when you press your lips together, they kind of stick. It doesn't affect the color of the product though and I tried kissing the back of my hand, even if it sticks, the color doesn't transfer.

It doesn't come off easily, so if you won't drink or eat, I will look great for about three hours. It won't go away easily naman if you drink water for like 1 or 2 times but if you keep drinking or eating oily food it will eventually fade.

For the price point, I think this product is a good one, especially if you are just exploring the world of liquid lipsticks. It has a good color pay-off and didn't look or feel flaky on my lips.

Ever Bilena Matte Liquid Lipstick in Sexy Nude Rating
Packaging: 3.5/5
Performance: 3/5
Longevity : 3/5
Quality: 3/5
User Friendliness: 3/5
Overall: 3.1/5

Have you tried this product?
Drop a comment below.

XO,
Carissa
Clay masks are all the rage these days and of course I wouldn't want to be left behind in trying out this trend. However, it's not jut the trendiness that attracts me but also the benefits that come with using facial masks.
This one from Beauty Bakery for instance contains charcoal, crushed apricot seeds and olive seeds. It promises to pull away deep seated dirt and sebum from the skin. It also promises to tighten pores. I have  oily, pimple-prone skin with large pores and this product certainly fits the bill.
So, did it work for me?
Review is after the jump.

Beauty Bakery Charcoal & Clay Scrub Mask
Price: 199.00
Where to Buy: www.beautymnl.com

What is it?
Functions as an exfoliating scrub and purifying mask; thoroughly cleanses by drawing out toxins, excess sebum, and deep-seated dirt; removes pore-clogging bacteria to tighten and refine skin; formulated with charcoal, crushed apricot seeds, and olive seeds; smoothens and mattifies skin for a fresh, glowing look. -www.beautymnl.com


Packaging, Ingredients & Other Details
It comes in a small black tub which contains 100 grams of product. Packaging is pretty simple and all the labels are written at the top of the cap. The 'how to use' is written but the ingredients of the product is not indicated in the labels.


There's a tag at the bottom of the tub which contains the expiry month and year. The product came shrink-wrapped so that's a guarantee that the product is fresh and unused.

In Action
The clay mask takes on the charcoal-grey color. When the product is spread, you can see that it has these tiny grainy stuff which help in exfoliating the skin.
Here's a photo of me while wearing the mask and after washing it off.

My Take
I'll have to be very honest: the first thing that caught my attention about this product was the fact that it has a Php 199.00 price tag. After that, I started reading the reviews at BeautyMNL and was thoroughly convinced that it's worth trying out.

I'll cut the chase here: I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS PRODUCT! 

It smells great - like fruits but I can't tell if what kind of fruit - and doesn't feel uncomfortable when worn. If anything, it has a slight cooling effect on the face. As the instruction says, I rub it in circular motion but instead of washing it off immediately, I love to leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes.

After washing it off, I can immediately tell the difference. My facial skin feels soft and baby smooth to touch. My pores become visibly tighter. I could just be imagining that but I got compliments too from my officemate who noticed that my pores were looking tame and I'm not too oily. :) I've only used it three times as I write this blog and I promise to be more masipag in applying this mask.

A little goes a long way too with this product so I guess this 100g tub while last for a while.

If I may make a suggestion for room for improvement, I'd like a more specific label, like for the ingredients to be indicated in the packaging because I really love being informed of what I'm putting in my skin. Of course I was able to catch the ingredients at BeautyMNL but some of us may not be able to have the same access to that site. That's it. Just a little small, tiny, little baby hiccup (or something like that, as said by Liam Neeson in Love Actually).

For the price, this products can't be beat. Beauty Bakery is also a proudly Filipino company, so I just feel happy that we keep churning out great quality products in the local scene.

Rating of The Beauty Bakery Charcoal and Clay Scrub Mask


Packaging - 3/5
Quality - 4/5
Performance - 4/5
Price - 5/5
User- friendliness - 4/5
Over-all - 4/5

Have you tried this product from Beauty Bakery?
Have you tried other products from Beauty Bakery?
Drop me a comment about it. 

XO,
Carissa


It was my first time try out anything from Icebergs and the experience certainly did not disappoint. Thanks to mama for bankrolling this eating sesh.

Here are some of the treats that we sampled at Icebergs.

We shared this plate of Nachos. 
Nachos//Price: Php 218.00
We also had a plate of Country Fries (Price: Php 148.00) but I wasn't able to take a photo of it because I was already too busy devouring with my Halo Halo. Moreover, if there's fries on the table, it's almost immediately gone. Anyway, the fries weren't like thin sliced McDo or Jollibee fries but more like potato wedges with some spices and a tasty mayo dip.

This Godzilla is a bit pricey at Php 418.00 but it's a huge serving which can be shared by three to 4 people so it's ideal for family or for barkadas. I mean, that's a lot of ice cream. 
Godzilla//Price: Php 418.00
Club sandwich, y'all. It also has some fries.
Club Sandwich//Price: Php 218.00
Mama had this Caramel Flan and I was able to sample it too. I loved the mixture of fruits plus the caramel flan flavored ice cream. I particularly enjoyed those round, white stuff which is macapuno.
Caramel Flan//Price: Php 148.00
And here's my halo halo, the Halo Dozen, which I had a bit of a hard time trying to consume. Not because it wasn't good but because the serving was BIG! For Php 118.00 I think it's very sulit. Mama came to the rescue when I could no longer go on. That's what moms are for. :) 

Halo Dozen//Price: Php 118.00
Here are a few candid shots while we were waiting and eating. Thankfully the topic didn't revolve around 'who among mama's kids is adopted'. See now, I am struggling with my Halo Dozen. Celestine is still reeling over the fact that the strawberries taste sour. It was the first time that she tasted strawberries. 


I'll just end this by saying that this isn't the last time that I'll be seeing Icerbergs. :)

XOXO, 
Carissa

Icebergs is located at the 1L Robinsons Place Tacloban Extension
I'm answering these 50 Random Q's like I'm a teenager. Ha ha. But I do feel like I am quiet young at heart. I copied the question this blog: Truly Yours, Tram. Someone is supposed to tag you to answer these questions but I realized I just can't sit out here waiting for that tag. I'll just answer it for fun.,tag or no tag. Maybe make my brain work on something that's not work-related. Here are my answers to the 50 Random Questions.

1. What's the name of your best friend?
His name is Dan; he is my husband.
If my daughter could read this, she might react badly because as far as she is concerned, she is my best friend. Actually, she also is. Her name is Tin.

2. Who would you throw into the Bermuda Triangle?
None. Ha ha.

3. Do you sleep with lights open or closed?
Closed.

4. How many time a day you look at yourself in the mirror?
About 50 times.

5. What is your strongest sense?
My sense of smell. It's stronger than my common sense. LOL.

6. Do you always smile for pictures?
No. I schmize.

7. Do you ever dance even if there is no music playing?
Yes! Definitely yes! I even make my own music. My officemates can attest to that.

8. How many people have you slept with this week?
1. 2? Including my daughter.

9. What is your song of the week?
Ha! The Tide Is High by Atomic Kitten.

10. Do you still watch animes?
No. I stopped at about 4th or 5th grade.

11. Where would you bury hidden treasure if you had some?
The backyard. I did this when I was young; I even made a treasure map.

12. Heels or flats?
Flats.

13. What movies could you watch over and over and still love?
There's plenty of them. Schindler's List. Gladiator. 3 Idiots. Titanic. Pride and Prejudice. A bunch of war movies. The list goes on...

14. Last person you texted?
I don't remember. I'm not much of a texter.

15. Would you ever strip or pose nude in a magazine?
No.

16. When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?
I do not remember.

17. Any hidden talent?
None.

18. Which character from books you'd like to be?
Annabeth Chase from the Percy Jackson books.

19. What super powers would you like to have?
To never get tired to helping other people anyone.

20. Are you lazy?
Ha ha. I am lazy by some other people's standards. It's hard to move me if the work does not interest me.

21. Any other languages can you speak except your native languange and English?
Waray, and a bit of Bisaya.

22. Are you stubborn?
At times.

23. Ever watch Korean Dramas?
Yes but it was a long time ago, before the current K Drama explosion.

24. Nicknames
Ca, Cars, Caris, Cassie, Cass, Aissa, Ate, Mummy. I answer to all of that.

25. Biggest lie you ever told?
The ones that can save my a**. I can't divulge it here.

26. Does any celebrity follow you on social media.
None.

27. What color was the last shirt you wore?
Red.

28. What color of clothes do you prefer?
Black, white, gray, dark blue.

29. Do you want any tattoos?
No.

30. Snapchat or Instagram?
Instagram.

31. What’s your favorite clothes to wear?
My husband's loose shirts paired with my short shorts. He's been complaining that I wear his shirts too much.

32. What is the strangest thing you believed when you're a child?
Aswangs.
Those stories about kutos or head lice, where you would be flown up to a high Dau tree if you had too many on your head.

33. Type of Music?
Pop.

34. Are you a risk taker?
Not much. Just calculated risks.

35. What happened the last time you cried?
I was just listening to Taylor Swift's 'New Years Day'. I dunno what got into me.

36. Honestly, are things going the way you planned?
Yes, some things have fallen into place but I am still working on a few more things.

37. What’s your worst habit?
Procrastination.

38. What’s your favorite thing about your bestfriend?
He's not judgy. He makes me laugh all the time. He loves me unconditionally.

39. Coffee or Tea?
Tea, hands down.

40. Pizza or Burger?
Tough. Can I have both?

41. Do you miss anyone right now?
Yes. My family in Leyte.

42. Who are you in love with?
My family.

43. What is your asset?
My creativity, and my writing, I guess.

44. Who do you stalk in social medias.
Queen Letizia of Spain, Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. Taylor Swift. #SosBolz, they are such a fun couple. David Beckham. Britney Spears.

45. Do people ever take you seriously?
Well, they would have to, especially if they have to enlist my help.

46. Why do you have a blog?
Because...I have always loved writing and expressing myself in this form. I've been blogging since Friendster and Multiply days.

47. How old are you?
I'm forever 22, baby. Everything will be alright if you keep me next to you.

48. What is the one thing you’ll never do again?
Hurt the person I love.

49. If you were the opposite gender. What name would you like to have?
Dylan.

50. Which celebrity would you change lives with?
Ha ha. I wouldn't change my life with anyone. But for the purpose of answering this question, I'd like to be Victoria Beckham.

There you have it.
Friends old and new, hope you learned something new about me.

XO,

Carissa

First of all, I brushed up on my little Photoshop skills to create this banner. I'm glad that I've still got it. I mean, I don't do as much graphics as I used to. So it's simple. I just played up with the colors of her uniform. :)

On April 2nd, Celestine officially finished Kindergarten and was deemed ready, along with a hundred others, to move up to 1st grade.

While waiting for the Processional, I took these photos. It was a sweltering day by the way. Summer is here! She's looking lovely and excited on these photos. She decided beforehand that she wanted braids and a butterfly headband. Her Tita Jeny did her hair. I put some light makeup on her and just dabbed a lip and cheek tint for a hint of color. I also pinned that pink ribbon corsage on her. I noticed that no one else did that so maybe it's not a thing here in Allen. But growing up in Burauen, I always had a corsage on during Recognition Days so it's a tradition. Anyway.


Hot outside, and also hot inside the venue with hundreds of warm bodies all crowded up to witness the sea of yellows, marching up to get their awards. But we didn't mind at all.
No, we didn't mind. Especially if we came here to rack up a few awards. She got the Dancer Award (really?!), Golden Heart Award, Mathinic Award and Star Reader Award.
She also played a part in the Program. She delivered the "Pasasalamat" or "Thank You". It's funny, she wouldn't even start her speech until I came up front to take the video. I'm glad that she did well because we practiced a lot. I also reminded her to not fidget around so you see, she's well behaved onstage.

Here she is with her adviser, Maam Mary Jean. This one's really special because she really adores her teacher. We also have a photo here of some of the teachers and administrators of Allen Central Elementary School headed by Ma'm Maribel A. Formaran.



And here's our family photo!

Getting into the first grade will be  challenge for my daughter and I promise as a mom, ka- career -in ko and pag support kay baby girl.
Go go go!
She did say that she's ready to be a Grade 1 with full conviction. Aja!

XOXO,
Carissa
Well, to start off - it's the third month of 2018 already and here I am talking about a planner! Ha ha. But it's not yet too late, I guess, since I still have the rest of the year to write stuff. Moreover, the Mercury Drug Suki Day Book is not just  a regular planner or a journal. It is dubbed as a "companion to a mindful life".
Let's check it out. Open, open.
These are regular planner fairings: the personal information, the calendar (with Philippine Holidays), and the planner proper itself. There are also pages for writing journals.
The Personal Info page.
The Calendars for the years 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The planner.
In between the journal pages are the pagebreakers with "interesting information and tips on how you can be mindful in living your life". Here are examples of those pagebreakers.
Here's to being mindful of your sleeping habits.
Here's to being mindful of your eating habits.
Here's to being mindful of your water intake.
Here's to being mindful of your priorities.
Here's to being mindful of your posture.

Here's to being mindful of what you post on social media.

There are also some activities to try out.
We all know what these doodles are for, don't we?

There are other doodles of this sort, suggesting some fun activities like tracing constellations or going to museums but this particular one kinda reminded me of myself. 

This'll be a must-try the next time I go out and take a stroll. My plan is to not just to do the checklist but to take photos of each item as well.

I'd love to try this one out: the 30-Day Social Media Detox. It'll be kinda hard I guess but adjustments always require some form of sacrifice. I have noticed that I have become screen dependent of lat and I'd like to get rid 


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Now, I know you might wondering how much this Suki Day Book cost me. Or rather, how many stickers did I have to collect to get this.  :P
Well, anyone who has 30+ points on her Mercury Drug Suki Card can avail of this planner. But the stocks are limited, I guess. I was lucky that even at this time of the year, I was able to grab one of these. I spotted only three pieces of it in my local Mercury Drug counter

Props to Mercury Drug for coming up with this well thought-out planner. Even the material doesn't feel or look cheap.
The pagebreakers are making my rusty mind work and I've been reassessing how I've been dealing with, and taking care of me, so far.
This planner will certainly be useful to me even next year.
But I will keep my eyes peeled for Suki Day Book 2019! :)

XO,
Carissa