(On the photo: Maybelline Fit Me Matte & Poreless Foundation in Sun Beige)
With today’s technology and innovation, it’s easy to find a holy grail foundation from the drugstore. Brands just keep delivering one exceptional release after the other! Some of my favorites include the Flormar Mat Touch Foundation, L’Oréal True Match Liquid Foundation, and Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation. They perform like luxury products, too! Aside from a trustworthy skin care routine, a good base is essential to hold ...
(Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette from Sephora US, $42)
With an endless assortment of warm, earthy tones – that can probably last me a lifetime thanks to the Morphe 35O – in the market, it’s difficult to find a good, versatile eyeshadow palette that offers a selection of berry tones. I’ve had my eyes on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette for a year after seeing everybody rave about it on YouTube – where ...
Summer may be over but a peach blush is always a good idea! That healthy flush makes a statement without going overboard. It looks beautiful whether you’re morena or mestiza! It looks good alone for a quick drugstore run or with a full make-up look for a Friday night out with the barkada. This is also perfect for low-maintenance girls – whether you’re a student or just lazy (like me!). These 4 trustworthy drugstore choices are easy ...
At the beginning of the week, I was a wretched mess.
I found myself alone inside the chapel of my Church wrestling with Jesus, crying out, echoing the same sentiments again and again, desperately yearning for better circumstances. I welcomed fear and anxiety to dwell deep within the crevices of my heart. With an empty pack of tissue in hand and muffled sobs, I left, and I was perplexed to find that pain turned into peace and doubt into clarity. His silence spoke volumes to my rebellious soul – more than His words ever could.
Christ continues to purify my understanding of His character time and time again. In soul-shattering moments, He reveals another layer, which I can only fully take in through reaching a new level of (spiritual and emotional) maturity. The pursuit may take moments, days, and even seasons to gloriously unfold but when it does, I am renewed, I am transformed.
Yet, I find myself in a standstill. If it takes an (almost) quarter-life crisis, a broken heart (then), an endless list of rejections (and so on…) to fully and courageously grow into my being, where is God in my unremarkable days?
Read: Jon Bloom, God Is at Work in Your Unremarkable Days via Desiring God
Where is God in moments I could so easily forget – while waiting for the train to board, while getting a sandwich from the nearest convenience store, while walking home? How does God move in instants of stillness and familiarity? Well, I find my God to be the same – as compassionate, as insurmountable, as infallible as He has always been. I learn to trust the silence by moving, by seeking. These become opportunities for unrelenting grace to cover me with humble purpose as I slowly and clumsily make my way towards His unending truth and goodness. At the end of the day, His presence is the gift, His goodness is the wonder in itself.
You see, Christ cannot always offer powerful breakthroughs and discoveries. Growth does not end when our emotions and our passions do. Genuine faith does not anchor itself to something as completely ephemeral as emotions. I want to spend more time taking in the normalcy of every day without expecting tiny miracles along the way. I want to find God where I am, exactly where He chooses to reveal Himself to me – in the now.
“There is no substitute for being alone with God. If you don’t have time, you need to quit something to make room. Skip a meal. Cancel a meeting. End some regular commitment. There is literally nothing more important you could do today.
Could anything be more important than meeting with the One who decides if you live through this day? Could anything be better? How can we not make time to be with the Maker of time? What plans do you have today that you think so important that you would race past the Creator to get to them?”
Francis Chan, The Greatest Thing You Could Do Today via Desiring God
(SON&PARK Beauty Water from Shop Pibu, P1,200)
If you’ve been neglecting a toner in your routine all these years, it’s about time to include one! It restores your pH level – retaining moisture to the skin – and prepares it for the rest of the steps leading to better absorption and protection. You basically add back what you lose during the cleansing process. It also wipes away grime and residue left. Some Western (astringent) toners tend to ...