Thursday, June 27, 2013

Quote of the day: Like a Tree

We live on earth full of trials but by the grace of GOD, we remain standing like trees.
Even if the leaves are falling, still there are new leaves of hope waiting.

When we feel being poisoned by STRESS, PRESSURE, PAIN and FAILURES, the BEST antidote is to PRAY. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Review: Xtreme Arbutin Serum Skin Illuminator

After my skin got a bad reaction to Neutriderm, I switched to Xtreme Arbutin Serum.

My Mom already tried a lot of skin lightening products and she gave me an advise to try Extreme Arbutin Serum after she saw my frustrations with Neutriderm. She have tried both products and she didn't have any allergic reactions. After a couple of weeks, I saw huge difference to her face. 

My Mom has beautiful – young looking skin. That’s why I’m convinced to give it a try. I am aware that we have different skin types and products that are good for you may not be good for me but I just want to find out whether Extreme Arbutin Serum will deliver same positive results. This Serum cost Php2,000.00.

Let’s get to the review.

It is a serum-treatment for blemished skin. It whitens and brightens skin which also removes any stain on the skin caused by pigmentation. It is natural and dermatologically tested.
This product composed of Arbutin, licorice extract, shea butter and kojic acid used as a skin lightening agent. Also added in the ingredient is tocopherol (Vitamin E) as a natural antioxidant and Vitamin C.
I’m using the product every morning before I apply my BB Cream and powder and at night before bedtime. You’ll not get an oily skin because Extreme Arbutin Serum does not contain mineral oils and it immediately absorbs the serum.

From my daily application of the serum morning and evening on the area requiring treatment, I've noticed the reduction of my "very few" blemishes.It did not happened overnight, okay?  The reduction of my blemishes took about a week to fade. It may depends on how too many blemishes you have on your face. My face only have few blemishes due to sun exposure. Since there are many different types of blemishes with many different causes, the treatment for each is a little different. This product solved my skin blemishes issue in no time. 

I don't have a close up photo of myself  before I use Extreme Arbutin Serum since the blemishes on my face are only few, it's not that obvious but I don't like these dark spots stay there forever.

I have my most recent photo taken May 26, 2013. I only wore pink blush on, pressed powder and lipstick. I'm proud to say that I do not need to wear BB Cream or foundation and even concealer.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Inner beauty

Does anyone of you can measure beauty, strength, love, purpose in life or talent?

I cannot measure any items mentioned above. These days, it seems so hard to define the real meaning of beauty. It looks like the society, country and media has a strong influence to people. The classification and standard of beauty among others have been lift from having a fair skin, being thin and young. Some countries have affected their beliefs in being beautiful, young women are getting obsess with thin body, fair skin but in some other countries they like tanned skin, curvy body and that’s how they define beauty. So in every country and culture it varies the meaning of 'beautiful'.

Young women nowadays are pressured to conform to a certain ideal beauty and body standards. Tons of people go overseas to get plastic surgery just to make them look more attractive, thinner and young.

Physical beauty is really good but if you get obsessed being too beautiful, thin and young; try to change your looks just too “fit in” to the society you want to get somewhere is too much to handle.

I stand 5 feet and 4 inches tall but honestly, I kept on concealing my insecurities regarding my height. I really want to get taller like 5’9” so what I did is I drink herbal teas, supplements but as I get older, I've learned to accept the fact that there’s no way I could get taller than 5’4”. Since my Mother only stands 5 feet and my Father is at 5’7”, so the better solution is acceptance. J

One more thing, there came a time that I felt so unattractive because of my weight, I look too thin. To the point I don’t want to look in the mirror. I've realized that my insecurity hit again then I taught myself the word acceptance – AGAIN. J It’s just a cycle you know, felt sad and insecure then learn to accept because the truth is WE ARE BEAUTIFUL in our own ways. As they say, Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Stop searching validation of beauty and social acceptance.

Your appearance is not a reflection of who you are. Live your life because you are beautiful!

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

My Vacation in Philippines: Club Manila East, Taytay Rizal

My colorful two piece bikini

My Beautiful Family

Mom and I

Club Manila East Taytay is a great getaway destination for the whole family, barkada couples, companies or any individual seeking for a fun-filled experience.

CME is located in the municipality of Taytay, Rizal. The hotel-resort has a Funtasy Lagoon, a 9, 100 gigantic pool, jazzed up with waterfalls, kayaks and water bicycles. It also hosted a kiddie pool and two adult pools, a sun-screened pool with a three-looped 30 ft. slide. The day tour cabanas can accommodate for up to 20 persons, complete with shower and bath.

Adjacent to the Funtasy Lagoon are the 25 meter Lap Pool and the bean-shaped pool. Beach wave pool and Ocean wave pool added excitement because of its different wave heights and patterns.

When you go on the other side, you’ll see the Buzzy River, a 600-ft stream of gently flowing water wherein guests can ride their rubber tubes and go by its riverbanks through waterfalls and under bridges. You will hear a relaxing and enjoying sounds which complements the scenery.
You can fly like Superman by going extreme. Try their zip line; it is an added attraction to CME.

Here are some of our photos:

My Mommy and Daddy

Mom, Queen (sister), Gabriel (Nephew) and Me

My sister Queen and her baby Atascha

My Sister, Bing and Atascha

Cousins Beatrix, Mica, My Mom and I

My sister Queen, Cousins Elyshia, Zandra and My Mom

My first ever Kayak ride

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Neon Summer Love

This summer, temperature rises so what do you expect? Expect bolder and brighter colors that will surely uplift your mood.

It doesn't get a lot more summery-ish than bright shorts, bright top and fun accessories. These super bright shorts and top caught my attention which I got from Forever 21. I love to play colors into my outfit because it simply adds energy and cheer to my day. It adds glamour as well.

Bright orange polka dots shorts, Neon blue with hearts and leopard prints. I super love them.

Pineapple earrings, beaded necklace and stack of bangles

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Sunday, June 2, 2013

My Vision Board

I am by no means perfect and there are so many things I desire in this life and one of those desires is to have a good and happy relationship/love life. I was so young when I fall in love, the relationship never flourished. I did not expect that my heart will be broken at a very young age. I never give up waiting for true love however the long days, weeks, months and years had passed yet I felt sad about it. God knows I wanted to have a fulfilling and happy relationship then a beautiful and successful marriage. I am so anxious why my past relationships didn't work out. Somehow I can’t find the real answer to my question. I’m confused and scared. I've realized that the love I have for myself is becoming less and less. I suffer from depression not just because of failed relationships I had but also for some frustrations and obstacles I need to go through to succeed. Succeeding seems so hard for me but still my mom is always there to give advice and I speak to God to have a peace of mind.

I realized I just want and see shiny things in life and forget about God’s plan for me. I am becoming very selfish and thinking only for myself. Being humans, we automatically become materialistic and desire more and more. My mom helped me to get this through by praying. She showed me love, care and understanding that lighten my perspective in life.

I toss out all the negativity and welcome positive thoughts to come inside my door. I hone the faith I have for God which I overlook because of my selfish desires before. We have been blessed to enjoy what God has placed on this Earth but it can become a double edged sword. I remember the Bible tells us that if we, “Take delight in the Lord, He will give us the desires of our heart” -Psalm 37:4. God knows what I wish for and He never failed to give me blessings. I’m really happy that He gave me a very loving family, friends and husband. Before, having a loving boyfriend is one of my wish but God gave me more than what I asked for. He gave me a very good man. I believed that my husband is a heaven sent. I also believed that God has the best plan for me – for all of us. We just need to wait for the perfect time.

I understand that we should put God first above anything else and everything will fall into the right place. We should place Him above our vision board. A vision board full of faith, hope, love, peace and kindness. He is the Almighty. I am allowing Him to run my life. I will not let negatives take over and will never worry even though wanting to succeed seems very tough because I have a BIG GOD.

Today, I pray that God will be first on my vision board and I will trust on Him alone. Allow Him to know what’s on your heart and mind. Speak to Him. Let’s see how our life changes as we place God as number one on our vision board.

You may want to create your vision board by clicking this link : BettyVision

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I ♥ colors, fashion, adventures, challenges, music, nature and art. :) If I were to describe myself, I'm a free-spirit, a dreamer, open-minded person, wanderer and an art lover. I'm totally a bohemian.

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