A cup of tea

Well, it’s a chilly mid-week morning today. As I sit into my cubicle with my hot cup of Moroccan tea while browsing the net, I noticed that I haven’t visited my blog for EONS of years (hehe)! So, where have I been eh? No, definitely not visiting the Queen. 

Seriously, I was just busy on several projects that I neglected to write (sorry…). However, my hiatus has given me opportunities and more experiences that I will share here (promise). For starters, I have started two personal projects that have taken a lot of my time and effort for the last few months. 

Be Fit

Admittedly, I had neglected my health for several years that resulted to health complications and obesity. I started this year with a goal to lose at least 20 lbs this year. So I drag myself to the gym, started working out and choosing healthier food options. And I am so happy that I already achieved my goal in just 6 months! 

From 200 lbs in 2016 to a 180 lbs by June 2017 😉

 Be Ready for Rainy Days

I realized that I am not young anymore and that I need to be more disciplined with my finances if I want to retire in peace when I am in my senior years. That is why I have set up my financial goals this year and push myself very hard to save and invest. And that means learning to curb my spending and be more financially literate. So my first step is build my emergency fund by opening a savings account and take on the 52- week challenge. So far, I stick to my savings plan and now I am reviewing several policies for other investments such as VULs and mutual funds. ✌

Less spending, more savings 👌

In between these two things, I still have my 9am to 6pm regular jobs and family to take care of so my hands are really full. Nevertheless, I am back. 😉

Beauty Trends to Avoid as a Career Woman

Transitioning from being a carefree, happy-go-lucky gal into a career woman is one of the major goals that every woman should strive to achieve. And by  means,if you want to be taken seriously, you should pay attention on how you carry yourself in the workplace. The way you look affects you big time in how your career path go. So if you are being sidelined for promotions despite on your work achievement, you might consider taking a look on your fashion choice. Oftentimes, they are being neglected, but this little detail is one of the usual culprit why your climb in the career ladder seems to be slow.

If you want to be considered seriously, you should be mindful of the beauty trends that  you are following especially on how you put on your makeup. Being polish suggests professionalism and evokes your maturity. So if you are still doing below fashion booboos, you might as well stop and learn to  do your makeup right.

Mismatched foundation

mismatched foundation

Your foundation is like a second skin only better. Thus, as a career woman you should always wear a foundation that totally blends in your own skin and will not leave you with streaks and colors that looks like your face is floating from rest of your body. Know how to choose the right color for your skin tone, and ensure that when you apply your foundation it will blend seamlessly into your skin. Make sure that your foundation has the right formulation to avoid oxidation or discoloration.

Colorful, shimmery makeup

colorful makeup

Yes, you are entitled to your own individuality but you also need to learn to mute your wild side in the workplace. Your date night with barkada look (i.e. colorful, shimmery eyeshadow, blush and lip color) is definitely a no-no in the office. Stick to neutral colors instead that do not distract. Your makeup should be matte or satin in finish and will last you the whole day.

Overpowering perfume scents

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The rule of thumb in workplace fashion is that whatever you wear should not be a distraction to your co-workers. That includes your perfume choice. Stay away from the sweet, fruity scent you used to wear during your teen years. Instead, use a perfume that has a hint of powder or floral smell to it. These scents will leave you fresh all day without overpowering the rest of the workplace.

Fancy nail arts and unconventional nail colors

nail arts

Trimming your nails is not enough when it comes to office grooming. You should also refrain from sporting nail arts and unconventional nail colors to avoid being viewed as childish. Just like your makeup, stick to neutral nail colors and say goodbye to long nails or nail extensions that will hamper your fingers’ mobility.

Outrageous hairstyles and hair colors

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Lastly, pick a hairstyle that is easy to wear, manageable and corporate-friendly. Stay away from flaming hair colors and choose a hair dye closest to your natural hair.

There is a saying that ” to be a queen, you should act like one”. So always look your best while doing all the hardwork and it will surely pay off.

 

 

What Makes Hue Different?- Your Guide to Wearing Office Makeup

Getting lost on how to keep an appropriate look for the office? Don’t fret out. Most working women are struggling to make that big impression also. This is very particular when it comes to choosing the right makeup to wear in the workplace as this is an essential part of power dressing.

There are many instances when a perfect power dressing is ruined by the makeup. Whether you are going through interview, attending business meetings or making a big presentation, putting on too much color and glitter in your face distracts people you are dealing with and may leave a bad impression on them. Therefore, every working women needs to know how to put on a work- appropriate makeup.

Not sure how to do it? Here are some pointers to consider on choosing the right office make up for you.

Au naturale

natural

Going natural is always the best way to go in office makeup. But this does not mean that you will go bare-faced in the office.  Choose a light foundation that matches your skin or at least half shade darker since the office lighting tends to make your skin look pale. Your skin should look flawless and hydrated too. Opt for a matte finish make up to achieve the effortlessly natural look.

Less is more

Less is more

Go easy on your office makeup. The rule is that it should require minimal time to put on. Reserve the smoke eyes for your girl’s night out. Instead, swap it with a neutral palette to highlight your eyes. Your cheeks should have a hint of blush to have a healthy glow. It is good to have a good shade lipstick in nude or pink shade.

Low- maintenance is the key

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Choose a makeup look that could stand your busy schedule and requires minimal touch ups. There is nothing more annoying than having to retouch almost every hour throughout the day and leaves you little time to do your office work.

Do not distract

Do not distract

Don’t leave a wrong impression by wearing a distractive hue of makeup. Bold , glittery and glossy makeup colors will keep getting in the way between you and that big break your aiming at if you don’t stop wearing them in the office.

Makes you feel comfortable and confident

makeup

Wearing the right make up should make you feel comfortable and confident and at the same time. Your wake up should enhance your features and you will  be able to wear them in any type of temperature.

Never ever let your makeup gets in the way on your career ladder. Learn how to choose the right shade and you could never go wrong.

Benefits of Yoga in the Body

Yoga is a form of exercise that offers a lot of benefits to our physical well being. Many people are drawn to yoga since a lot can be gain in practicing it. Unlike other forms of physical exercise, yoga offers added benefits aside from the usual strength and stability training. Rather, it also targets the emotional well being of those who are engaged into this exercise.

Below are the proven benefits of practicing yoga:

  • Improves flexibility. Here is one of the most obvious benefits of yoga. Doing complex yoga poses challenge your body to increase your flexibility threshold. You may find it hard to touch your toes before but after several yoga sessions, doing yoga bends will be as easy as a breeze. This is because inter-related yoga poses increases lubrication on joints, ligaments and tendons, thus increasing fluidity of movement.
  •  Increases physical strength. Yoga is considered as one of the best strength training exercises as doing yoga poses targets particular muscle groups. Sustaining yoga positions improves muscle endurance building muscle strength especially the core areas. It tones and develops the muscles for you to be able to support your own weight during the workout.
  • Teaches how to breathe. In yoga classes, you will be taught how to breathe properly during exercise. Proper breathing techniques help you provide your body with the proper supply of oxygen. It also helps lessen possible injuries when doing strenuous activities. Moreover, proper breathing helps in body relaxation process, thus, help us de-stress.
  • Corrects Posture. Yoga promotes good posture. Posture is one important factor in execution of yoga poses. By practicing yoga regularly, our bones become accustomed in doing movement with correct positioning of the back area. Thus it helps in preventing back injuries while strengthening the spine.
  • Promotes Weight Loss. As more experienced yogis will say, yoga is not merely a form of exercise but a lifestyle. While yoga teaches you to strengthen your body, it also teaches you to choose the right food to maintain the healthy and fit body. Fiber from fruits and vegetables are a staple diet of yogis. This has helped them maintain a lean body that help them attain agility that is needed to do the exercise.

Practicing yoga is indeed a good way to achieve a healthier and fitter body. Most of all, yoga helps achieve a level of spirituality that makes us more at peace to ourselves. So do try to join yoga classes in your gym or your local community and delve into a life changing experience that you will enjoy.

De-Stressing Your Life

Admit it or not, not all of us are good at coping with stress. There are a lot of day to day situations that makes us stressful- bills that we need to pay, being stuck into traffic when we are on way to an important meeting, deadlines that we need to meet, targets that we need to achieve. Even petty things that did not go well or as we expected can contribute our stress.

Stress is known to alter our emotional, psychological and physiological balance and causes unrest to our being. Exposure to stress into a mild degree is not necessarily bad. But if we are dealing with too much stress in a daliy basis, it can be detrimental to our health. Some of the common stress- related diseases are heart problems, hypertension, insomnia and depression. Thus, it is important to know how to manage our stress level. Below are some of helpful tips on how to lessen our exposure to stress:

  1. Identify what causes your stress. In order to cope with stress better, you need to know what causes it.  Write down the things and situations that you commonly push your stress button. In this way, you can strategize on how to deal with these situations once they occur.

 

  1. Know your stress indicator.  There are different ways on how our body reacts to stress. Most common reactions to stress are rise on body temperature, increase in heart rate, disorientation, or even feeling a sudden pang of hunger. Remember that stress is a chemical reaction inside the body that causes unrest. It is important that you know this stress indicators so you can immediately assess and adjust to dealing with the situation that may have trigger your stress.

 

  1. Getting some exercise. One good way of managing stress is by involving into any physical exercise activities. Exercise produces endorphin, an anti- stress hormone that produces a feel-good feeling. Physically fit people are less susceptible to suffer from severe stress than the couch potatoes.

 

  1. Having a therapeutic relaxation.  It may be as simple as getting a body massage, participating in a yoga class or as grand as having a holiday vacation. Engaging into relaxing activities alters our mood and counters the stress hormone. Relaxation revitalizes our physical and emotional well-being. Having renewed energy will go a long way into dealing with future stress.

 

  1. Get a support group. It is important that you have a solid support group in dealing with stress especially if you are dealing with severely stressful situation like trauma. It may be your family, your closest friends or your community. These people will be your help line to guide you through the process of coping with your stress.

So the next time that you feel that you are on the verge of panic and stress is getting on you, don’t fret. Take a deep breath and remember that stress is part of our normal lives. The most important thing is

The Banahaw Way of Relaxation- in Olongapo

Olongapo City is one of the well-known tourist destinations in Luzon. A combination of commerce and tourism has given the city a new vibe akin to other Asian cities such as Singapore. Located in the city is Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), the former US Military base turned Freeport Economic Zone. Here you can find imported and local products at the best price among the premiere shopping malls. It also features vast beaches, adventure themed parks such as the Ocean Adventure, Zoobic Safari and Subic Treetop Adventure where everyone will surely enjoy at a budget friendly price.

But are you looking for a place to relax and pamper yourself while enjoying all the adventures? Then head to the Banahaw Heals Spa, located 510 Rizal Ave., East Tapinac (beside YBC Supermarket), Olongapo City.  It just a stone’s throw away from SBMA so you don’t need to travel far. The spa has also tied-up with Ocean Adventure so guests of this theme park can enjoy the much needed pampering and relaxation on this cozy little place. The staff here are at Banahaw Heals Spa are friendly and the ambiance will surely make you feel at home. Plus, you may also have the chance to win promo if you are one of the lucky guests on the day of your visit. Check out their facebook page here.

Spending your summer vacation need not to be expensive. SBMA offers you a fun-filled summer adventure that will fit your budget. And to complete that Subic Bay summer getaway, be pampered at Banahaw Heals Spa and let the healing spirit of the mountains entice your  soul.

 

The Colors of Summer- The Cutiecool Nail Salon Way

Yep, it’s officially summertime once again and everybody is excited to spend this hot season with their friends and loved ones amidst the sun, the sand and the sea. The beautiful Boracay is the top pick for the best summer destination of the country. Known for its fine white sand, crystal clear waters and fantastic night life, indeed, this famous island in Malay, Aklan is considered as one of the world’s finest tourist hub for locals and foreigners alike.
But while spending your summer getaway to this paradise island, you also need to do a little pampering amidst the fun- time water activities and the wild night outs. This will also the best time to de-stress, indulging into a relaxing spa experience while you lie down lazily and enjoy the summer breeze. But since spa indulgence might prove to cut a big cost on your vacation allowance, we often took this experience into the backseat.
Glad that Cutiecool Nail Salon already opened in Boracay island. This newly opened quaint little place is located at Plazoneta Station 2, White Beach, Boracay Island. It provides its costumer with a luxurious pampering experience at the most affordable, budget- friendly price. This specialty salon caters to costumers of all ages and offers wide variety spa services like basic mani-pedi, hand and foot spa and massage, waxing/ threading, body massage, facial cleansing and their famous nail arts that would surely add a punch into any of your island outfits. Best of all, the prices of their services will not burn a hole on your budget. For less than a thousand pesos you can indulge into the luxurious spa experience the island way. And since the salon is open from 12NN to 12MN, you can just drop by their place and enjoy the perks of being treated like a royalty by their friendly staff. They also offer home services to those who want to be pampered at the comforts of their hotel rooms/ homes.
To know more about their services, you can visit their facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/pages/cutiecool-nail-salon-boracay-island or email them at cutiecoolnailsalon@gmail.com. You may also call them at 09154147192 and their friendly staff will surely accommodate you.
Spending your summer vacation need not to be expensive. Most of the time those little things that can make you feel special will make your vacation experience more memorable. And that is what Cutiecool Nail Salon is aiming for- to treat all their guests like royals so they will have more time to enjoy their stay in this paradise island.