August 12, 2017 / 12:19 PM
(From L-R: Ever Bilena Matte Liquid Lipsticks in Dusk, Toast of New York, Siennas, and Sexy Nude from Watsons, P185)
I remember my first tube of Ever Bilena lipstick. It was stored in the infamous plastic black bullet with a sneak peek of the color on top. I was a junior in college, completely oblivious to anything related to beauty and on rare occasions, a mere recipient of products from relatives abroad and my beautiful mother. ...
August 03, 2017 / 18:27 PM
Whether you’re “adulting” and employed or still completing university, we all want to be smart consumers when it comes to our *occasional* beauty shopping! Admit it, it’s pretty common to treat ourselves simply because we feel entitled to “enjoy” the fruits of our labor – am I right, ladies? But, did you know that there are many ways to save money? These are things I personally comply to and resources you may not know about to do just that!
July 23, 2017 / 00:27 AM
In Dua Lipa’s New Rules MV, you see a group of beautiful women – with mascara-dripped faces and blinding highlight – “supporting” one another (emotionally) in a singsong, theatrical production. As of writing, it has 33M views – pretty sure because many can relate. Let me tell you something, it’s everything I want to tell my friends who settle.
Now I’m standing back from it, I finally see the pattern/ I never learn/ But my love, he doesn’t love me, so I tell myself I do
Now, don’t get me wrong…I’ve been there, and my closest friends can attest to that (with my desperate text messages at 3AM all in CAPS LOCK – because FEELINGS). Having said that, I’ve also met and comforted way too many heartbroken women who have felt abandoned. Sometimes, we persist to stay in situations that don’t benefit us but we’re too caught up in the person, in the feeling that we need to be reminded that, really, we don’t need to. This may be a part of life but that’s it; don’t let it become your life. Let this be your salvation: love doesn’t need to be complicated. If you’re trying too hard, there may be something wrong.
- Ladies, you are not just somebody’s “afterthought.”
You are not a chance lost *cough Jollibee TVC cough,* you are, first and foremost, a choice. Stay away from boys who only seek your presence when it’s convenient. Never compromise your standards to fit someone in the picture. If you have different beliefs, if you’re running towards opposite directions, it’s time to be firm and stand your ground.
- Never act on your emotions when you’re lonely.
I’ve been there. 12AM messages left “seen” you immediately regret until the wee hours of the morning. (Girl, sayang ‘yung skin care mo, itulog mo na lang ‘yan – ikagaganda mo pa!) It’s okay to be lonely, but how do you respond to it? If you think you’ll find a good man on some hook-up app or in a bar, please reconsider. I know the attention is so enthralling, and you hunger for it, but there is so much on the line. I say this all the time but lead your heart before it leads you.
- Handle your expectations.
Correct me if I’m wrong but so many of our deepest hurts come from unmet expectations. Before we put the “blame” on the other party…kayo ba talaga or is it just a M(alabong) U(sapan)? If a guy can’t bravely put himself to lay it out then you have every right to ask for clarity.
- You don’t have to work for anybody’s attention.
A good man won’t stop at anything if he really likes you. You are worth pursuing. Call me old-fashioned but it is the man’s job to initiate.Take this (and everything else I say, really) with a grain of salt. If you end up second-guessing your words and actions again and again – almost to the point of crippling self-doubt and self-loathing – it’s time to stop and evaluate your circumstances.
“A woman in her glory, a woman of beauty, is a woman who is not striving to become beautiful or worthy or enough. She knows in her quiet center where God dwells that He finds her beautiful, has deemed her worthy, and in Him, she is enough. In fact, the only thing getting in the way of our being fully captivating and enjoyed is our striving. This is why we must keep asking. Ask Jesus to show you your beauty. Ask Him what He thinks of you as a woman. His words to us let us rest and unveil our beauty.”
(Stasi and John Eldredge,
July 11, 2017 / 16:02 PM
Althea Korea is my obsession.
It is undoubtedly my ultimate online destination for everything Korean beauty and skin care! I’ve discovered so many holy grail products from this black hole! All products are new, authentic, and delivered from Korea so prices are extra competitive (much cheaper!). Your package arrives straight to your doorstep so no worrying about customs – super fuss-free. They feature road shop brands like Etude House, The Face Shop, Banila Co. and innovative, trendy brands like ...
July 04, 2017 / 18:00 PM
We were created for exceptionally great things – because we were designed by an even greater God. But more often than not, the pathway to greatness involves terrible first drafts, overexposed photographs, lifeless audition reels, and the list continues. Unfortunately, a lot of these don’t even get to see the light of day because human as we are, we become consumed by fear – fear of soul-crushing rejections, of sharp critique, and unmet expectations. This is not only the case for the artist, but for the believer.
It took me two listless years to create She Makes Him Known, my personal faith and beauty blog targeted towards women (high schoolers to young adults). After graduating from university, entering the workforce overwhelmed me. I prioritized my corporate, full-time job in a TV station, which led me to sacrifice many things including my passion for blogging.
To the core of my being and the depths of my heart, I already knew what I wanted to do. I had this grand vision I held on to for the longest time yet I was too afraid to move. A huge part of me felt as if this passion of mine – churning out organic content on a public platform – was not from God…and it needed to be forgotten. Looking back now, this thought was a product of exhaustion and fear.
Having a 9-hour job from Monday to Friday is not easy. It’s completely acceptable to go home after a long day’s work and settle – but it easily breeds unhappiness and discontent; after all, we’re created to create. Well, I published my blog a year ago, and the world is still moving. It also happens to be one of the best decisions of my life. I learned so late that I can work and still be passionate about other things and intentionally make time for it. It is a commitment, which reaps love and growth. Loving the journey and owning the process – disappointments, detours, and breakthroughs – allow me to devote more time and space for it.
My season of waiting and discernment was not for naught. I discovered that God was purifying my intentions and allowing me to live out virtues and ideas I knew to be good but barely had a grasp on. He was also placing the right people in my life to keep reaffirming this dream.
Have you ever felt that way? Where you become emotionally, mentally, and spiritually paralyzed because you don’t know if you should act on an inherently good desire? You echo the same sentiments again and again, “Is it God who placed this in my heart?”
What are things you are called to do which God is clearly impressing upon you which you’ve given up on? This may be your dormant dream to continue further studies after university. It may be your desire to lead a Bible study group in church. It can even be your hope to have a family of your own. Whatever your hope and dream, God will glorify Himself in the process – most of the time, in your deepest struggles.
Stop making excuses – even using God’s name to mask your fear – and move. More often than not, when we’re wary and waiting on God and His will to be revealed to us, we’re asked to step out in boldness and faith. Some of the greatest breakthroughs in my life come from a stubborn heart, humbled by God, immersed in the uncomfortable.
Discern God’s timing. It may be a resounding “yes” in your heart but a “not yet” from Him – sometimes, it may even be a “no.” Regardless, to seek Him – through constant prayer, Bible reading, and fellowship – is the answer in itself. Wade in uncertainty, and revel in possibilities knowing that the hands who hold the world laid out this path for you. God is such an intentional God; He knows exactly what He’s doing for your story. He doesn’t waste a day, and He won’t waste you.
No matter the mess, God will faithfully bless the work of your hands.