Section: Just for Fun

My Mom, My Angel: Finding the Perfect Mother’s Day Card #sponsored

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I get it from my momma!

I get it from my momma!

As a participant in the Hallmark at Walgreens Signature Mother’s Day campaign, I received compensation in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own. @walgreens #HallmarkAtWalgreens #CareWithACard #sponsored

If you happened to be cruising the Walgreens on Third Street in San Rafael, California a few days ago (among all the places in the world!) and saw a teary lady standing by the Hallmark Mother’s Day cards…yes, that was me, in all my sniffly glory, LOL!

Oh, didn’t you know? I cry in all public places now, and I’m especially susceptible to it when a holiday like Mother’s Day is involved, because I get all the feels, man!

I was there picking out a Mother’s Day Hallmark card for my mom, and as I stood there looking through the cards and reading them, I started thinking about my baby girl standing there in an aisle someday looking at Mother’s Day cards for me… Next thing you know, the tears are pooling up, and I’m on the next nonstop train to Emo Station.

That’s one thing having a baby has done (other than make me cry at the drop of a hat in public spaces). I have a whole new appreciation for my mom and how strong she’s always been.

She was born in a village in the Philippines and moved to the U.S. with my dad in the ’70s. She was in her mid-20s at the time, and I can’t imagine how hard it must’ve been to move halfway around the world to a place where she didn’t have any family or friends, and where the customs and culture were so different from where she came from.

My mom and Dad in the '70s

My mom and dad in the ’70s

This was when keeping in touch with people was much harder than it is now. You couldn’t just jump online to find the answer to any question, or Skype your family when you felt homesick, or wanted advice on babies, or job searching, or fitting in.

When I think about how it must’ve been to live and work here and raise two kids without help from any family, while also holding down a full-time job, it hits me — really hits me — how hard it must’ve been, and just how strong she is.

But yet, whenever my mom came home from work, even when she was tired after a long day, she was usually in a good mood and happy to see me and my brother, which brings me to another thing that I think of when I picture my mom — kindness.

She’s always there when I need a caring word, or a little bit of sympathy, or some encouragement. She has a sweet and tender nature about her, and she’s always there with a hug if you need it.

Me and mom on my wedding day

Me and mom on my wedding day

And even though I joke with her sometimes about how she loves to pinch pennies (she’s a retired accountant, after all!), I have to give my mom mega props for being so darned practical when it comes to finance-related things, especially when it comes to planning for the future. It’s one of her many superhero talents!

Just one example: my mom wanted me to go to college, and she didn’t want me to worry about having to take out loans or be in debt after I finished, so she planned and saved enough money while I was growing up to put me through school. My education is a gift from her that I don’t ever take for granted.

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What Beauty Trends Are You Bad At?

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Wet n Wild Contouring Palette in Dulce De Leche

Wet n Wild Contouring Palette in Dulce De Leche ($4.99)

I’m an oddly curious cat when it comes to other people’s makeup habits, and one thing I’ve been wondering lately is…how does everyone out there who’s amazing at makeup learn how to do what they do?

I’ve learned most of the little bit I know from the internet — from buzzfeed lists about makeup, to blogs, to YouTube tutorials.

And what about trends? Which ones are you bad at?

Here are the main beauty trends I just can’t get behind:

  • Contouring (too complicated)
  • Strobing/over-highlighting (I look too oily)
  • Overdrawn lips (I have enough naturally)

These are just a few of the “trends” that I find really difficult. But contouring might be the most difficult one for me. Every time I see an article about how easy it is to contour, or how to copy a Kardashian style, or which products are the best ones for contouring, I immediately click.

I think I’ve been trying to figure out contouring since it first became popular!

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3 Fun Facts About Connor Claire

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Fun fact #1: Although she likes wearing fancy dresses, sometimes she enjoys dressing casual, too (the jeggings and the top in these pics were a gift from her Uncle Al, who’s in one of the pics below).

Fun fact #2: Her nickname is Coywolf.

I know, completely ridiculous… The backstory: Connor likes to make these coy expressions where she purses her lips and looks mysterious, and so I say to her all the time, “You’re cute and you’re coy!” El Hub kept hearing me say it over and over, so one day he dubbed her “The Coywolf.”

Yes, I know. Ridiculous! :)

Fun fact #3: Her favorite lullabies are “I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder and “Hey Jude” by The Beatles.

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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



When Doing Your Makeup, Do You Reach More Often for Cream or Powder Formulas?

Published in: Guest Post, Just For Fun, Makeup, Makeup Tips/How To

Cream makeup products

Hmm… If you’d asked me a few months ago, I would have definitely replied “powder”. You know, as someone with oily skin, for years I thought that using powder products for my base was the right thing to do. God knows how many pans of Shiseido Pureness foundation I went through in my late teens and early twenties…

Then I moved on to liquid foundations and never really looked back. I still kept using mainly powder bronzers and blushes, though, more out of habit than anything else. But over the last few weeks, I’ve been obsessed with achieving the most natural-looking base as possible, one that would be undetectable on the skin even when using a magnifying mirror.

Well, I’m happy to report that I’ve found the perfect product combination for that, and they’re all cream or liquid formulas.

Cream Makeup Products

Primer: Since these days I only powder the areas I conceal, I find that using a mattifying primer helps my foundation stay put longer, so the Make Up For Ever Step1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer has earned itself a premium spot in my everyday makeup bag.

Foundation: My most recent base product crush is the La Roche-Posay Effaclar BB Blur. You may read all about it here, but basically it’s a silicone-based BB mousse that is AMAZING at minimizing pores and fine lines while blurring the look of imperfections. AND it doesn’t require powdering.

Bronzer: My favorite bronzer at the moment is yet another blurring product, and it comes in the form of the YSL Les Sahariennes Sun-Kissed Blur Perfector. It’s a balm-to-powder formula that melts into the skin and makes you look like you’re glowing from within. I apply it all over my face and neck, focusing on the areas that tan first, and it gives me the most subtle, natural-looking radiance. I just can’t get enough of it!

Blush: The Chanel Le Blush Crème de Chanel is my all-time favorite cream blush formula, but sadly it seems to have been discontinued. The shade I’ve used today is Affinité, a beautiful cool-toned pink with a satin finish that lasts way longer on my oily skin than any powder blush I’ve ever tried.

Highlighter: As a finishing touch, I like to dab a couple of drops of the Revlon Photoready Skinlights in 100 Bare Light on my cheekbones. Again, the result is pretty subtle, but in real life you can definitely see a juicy sheen whenever the light hits the area.

Cream Makeup Products

In case you’re wondering, the lipstick I’m wearing today is MAC Fusion Pink

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Makeup and Beauty Blog Monday Poll, Vol. 420

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Have a peaceful Monday

You might be wondering, “So what in tarnation is this Monday Poll thing anyway!?”

Well, it isn’t exactly a poll. It’s more of a constantly evolving (devolving?), somewhat random list of questions I’ve been putting out to readers every Monday morning for the past eight (!) years. (It’s like a kickstart for your brain.) I’ve always enjoyed reading your answers in the comments, and I hope you enjoy reading mine.

  1. Can’t stop/won’t stop! What beauty products are you guilty of hoarding?
    GURL, you know I love me some foundation. I’ve got a drawer full of them because I fall in love with a new one every five minutes, LOL! (It’s so true, though.) I also stockpile lipsticks, nail polishes, body lotion and perfume.
  2. What’s your favorite thing to do on Sunday morning?
    Sleep in as late as I want, and then have a leisurely breakfast (ideally, made by someone else!) and sit on the couch and watch TV or read in my jammies for a couple of hours.

    Mind you, right now with the baby it feels like this is never, ever going to happen again, but I’m holding out hope…

  3. What are three makeup-related things you need/want?
    Mostly, I need errrday basics…

    1. A new pan of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural face powder in Medium Tan (I’m just about done with mine)
    2. A stick of Urban Decay Brow Beater (I can’t find mine, and it’s breaking my heart into a million little pieces, WAH!)
    3. A lengthening mascara with killer curl hold, but I’m not sure which one… Ever since I gave birth, the lash situation has been dire, man. I don’t know what happened, but my lashes are even shorter now and absolutely will not hold a curl! If you have a recommendation, please let me know.
  4. Who always calls at the most innopportune moments?
    My mom! I always love hearing from her, but she has an uncanny ability to call right as I’m about to fall asleep, or when I’m in the shower, or when I’m cleaning the bathroom, or when I’m almost to the front of the checkout line at Trader Joe’s, or when the baby’s feeding and my phone is somewhere on the other side of the house.
  5. When was the last time you felt on top of the world?
    This morning when Connor opened her eyes, smiled from ear to ear and made cooing noises when I picked her up and held her in my arms. It made my heart sing!

    I know, I’m such a cheeseball! But it was a great feeling.


Your turn. :) Just copy and paste the following questions into a comment with your answers. I look forward to reading ’em!

1. Can’t stop/won’t stop! What beauty products are you guilty of hoarding?
2. What’s your favorite thing to do on Sunday morning?
3. What are three makeup-related things you want?
4. Who always calls at the most innopportune moments?
5. When was the last time you felt on top of the world?

Hi, friend. How are you doing this morning? What’s going on?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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