Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Makeup! Skin care! Jewelry! 12 things I want from Shopee's 12.12 Big Christmas Sale!

Today's the day to spend some money at Shopee! Actually, I started na nung Monday but today talaga is the 12.12 Big Christmas Sale and because Shopee has deals that are up to 99% off from leading brands including P&G, Maybelline, Vivo, The SM Store, Silverworks, Unilever, and Platinum Karaoke, I just had to browse.

Let me show you what's in my cart!

1. Maybelline Total Temptation Eye & Cheek Palette, P599 P449

Ahhhhh! Total Temptation!!! This launched last year sa US so I'm so happy it's finally here! Just look at this stunning palette! It's 8 eye shadows and 2 highlighters. I love highlighters!

2. Maybelline Master Blush Palette, P699 P524

Dahil malapit na maubos ang Lancôme blushes ko and hindi na binibenta ang Lancôme dito, I want to try this blush palette. I've never tried a blush palette before. Do you mix all of them together or do you just carefully run your brush on the color you like?

By the way, sales are a great time to buy products you've always wanted to try because if hindi mo pala type, hindi ka masyadong gumastos.

3. Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter, P499

Gosh, this is so pretty! I'm a recent convert to wearing highlighter, thanks to my Nyx highlighter palette. But I've seen this Master Chrome on Maybelline's Instagram and ang ganda ng effect. Perfect for the holidays and mega-wattage niya! Wala siyang discount, though. So I'm hoping it will be included in Maybelline's 2-hour flash sales. There was one kanina at 12-2am but I was asleep. But meron ulit mamayang 12nn-2pm. Wish me luck!

4. L'Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit, P600 P450

I've always wanted to try this. Have you ever tried a color-correcting concealer? In all my years working with beauty brands, no one's ever given me a color-correcting kit. So bibili na lang ako! I can only get a P150 discount if my L'Oréal purchases reach P1,500, though.

5. L'Oréal UV Perfect Advanced Transparent SPF50 PA+++, P549 P439

Dermatologists say that the one skin care product we all need to stay looking young is... It's not anti-aging serum or moisturizer, mamas. It's sunscreen! The sun is the most damaging element to our skin so we have to protect our skin with sun screen. I'm not good with skin care but I've always used sunscreen since I was 23. I think that's a big factor why I look younger than 42.

6. L'Oréal UV Perfect Aqua Essence Face Mist SPF50 PA+++, P749 P599

Dermatologists say we have to reapply sunscreen every few hours. If you've balked at that kasi ayaw niyo mag-tanggal ng makeup, apply sunscreen, then reapply makeup, here's my secret solution: I always carry a sunscreen mist in my bag!

7. Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System, P1,699 P1,190

I've always wanted to try this one because my Clarisonic died a few years ago and I couldn't replace it because it's so expensive. I've heard a lot of good reviews on this Olay one so into my cart you go! Lots of discounts at the P&G Mall, mamas. So this cleansing brush set is now only P1,190! Free shipping pa!

8. Safeguard Lemon Fresh Liquid Hand Soap Trio, P255 P179

I don't know if I've told you about this but I LOVE LIQUID HAND SOAP! Vince's aunts in the US always send us liquid hand soap and it's my super favorite padala. Not chocolates, not clothes. Liquid hand soap! I love the stuff. If you want to give me presents and don't know what to give, give me liquid hand soap!

This Safeguard Lemon Fresh liquid hand soap was a recent gift to me and na-in love ako agad. Ang bango niya, mamas. Super fresh and invigorating. I want to use it as my body wash! Kaya naman when I saw 3 bottles for only P179 na lang, well, pakyawan na!!!

9. SM Woman Sweet Rabbit Striped Pajama Set, P590 P390

Loyal Readers know I want pajamas like crazy and I found this at The SM Store. Because I'm an SM Advantage Card holder, these cute pajamas will now only be P390! SM rewards card holders get P200 for a minimum of P500 spend! The SM Store also offers free shipping for purchases na P500 and above so I guess because of the discount, hindi ako makaka-avail nito ehehe.

Grabe ito! Ang laki ng discount, mommiessss! P269 na lang this necklace-and-earrings set! I find it so apt because there are 3 little boys who hold the keys to my cold, cold heart. This will be my Christmas gift to myself! And nakatipid ako ng 71%! I'm so happy!

The romantic in me has always wanted a heart locket. This one is a bit too big but I guess that's good so my middle-aged eyes won't need a magnifying glass to look at pictures of my husband and my kids haha. Anyway, I plan to put it on a longer chain so I can hide it under my clothes. It's P250 na lang! Sulit!

You all know my bunso drinks NIDO 3+, right? Well, he's rapidly gaining height and I want his two older brothers to drink NIDO, too, para tumangkad din sila. Vito is 8 and Iñigo is 6 and I don't know what happened but they've decided they don't want to drink milk anymore. I'm hoping this chocolate-flavored NIDO Fortigrow will change their minds.

So 12 items for only P5,700+! Kayang-kaya ng budget... ni Vince hahahaha! Pinasa sa husband ang shopping fee!

Aside from the discounts, there will also be flash deals that go as low as P12. TWELVE PESOSES! And there will be over 12 million Shopee coins that will be given away from the iconic Shopee Shake game. And abangan niyo mamaya at 12 noon and at 9 pm ang games for Shopee Quiz because there will be prizes! If you shop a lot, don't be afraid of the shipping fee. There will be daily free shipping promotions, too!

So log in now sa or download the app on your phone because today is the day to spend some money at Shopee! Happy 12.12 shopping!

*This post is brought to you by Shopee.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

I love my new Electrolux Nutri-Fresh Inverter ref! Here's my review!

New baby in the house! It's so sleek and chic!

I have a new ref!!! It's my favorite new baby and I'm going to do a little review of my fabulous Electrolux ETB4602AA Nutri-Fresh Inverter refrigerator today and another post next month on how I organize my ref shelves.

For today, let's do a review! I've had my new ref for about a month now so I can do a good review. I really waited to check all its features, and if the food really stays fresh longer, and if it's a good fit to my lifestyle as a working mom of three little boys. Here’s what I found:
Such a big freezer!

What I love

1. It's so compact and yet so big!
It occupies about the same space as my previous ref but it can hold double the stuff! I can't understand the math of it! I have so much space now, I don't know what to do with it. The freezer is huge! I used to tell my husband and kids when we do the grocery, "Choose: more ice cream or meat for real food?" Because if I buy a tub of ice cream, I can fit just a week's worth of meat for cooking. Now, we can have up to 3 tubs on top of that meat!

I can't stress enough how space is such a big deal for me. I have three growing boys who can't seem to stop eating so I must always have food in the house. So I needed a big ref. The problem is I live in a condo so I can't get a ref bigger than the space allotted to it by my small kitchen. I just really accepted that this is my fate—to do weekly groceries because my ref is small. But more trips actually makes grocery shopping cost more—on the wallet and on my time. But with my new ref, I have all this space so I can really stock up, saving me lots of time and trouble. If you're a busy working mama like me, that's the best news of all!

With my new Electrolux Nutri-Fresh Inverter ref, I have soooo much space inside even though the outside is essentially still the same size! I didn't need to renovate my kitchen because I didn't need to give up more kitchen space for this ref. I super love it! So if you're a mom like me who has a small house but a big family, this is the ref for you!

Clear glass spill-proof shelves make everything visible. Good-bye, forgotten leftovers!
Adjustable shelves and clips for opened bags of food.

2. It literally keeps everything fresh longer.

It's not called Nutri-Fresh for nothing. I actually didn't really put much stock on this feature. "All refs cool food," I said. And as a busy mama who sometimes runs out of time to cook, there have been many sad instances when my fruit and veggies dry up or rot in the crisper. Not anymore! My fruit and veggies really do stay crisp far far longer than before (vs my previous ref) and they look and taste like I just bought them even after a week. No kidding!

Now I also have a pet rabbit who loves her green leafy veggies. Before my Electrolux ref, I literally had to give her more than her allotted ration of veggies because the leaves wilted fast. Now, because my veggies are fresher longer, I can feed our bunny more healthily! Hooray!

3. The temperature is even throughout the ref.

My previous ref kept everything cold alright. So cold, they froze. No matter how much we tinkered with the controls, some shelves had frozen food, some shelves got warm and the food stored there went bad. With my Electrolux Nutri-Fresh Inverter ref, the temperature on each shelf is constantly cool because of the 360 Air Cool feature. The air is circulated properly so no shelf gets too cold or too warm. I love it!

Check out this link so you can be impressed with all the superior technical features of the Electrolux ETB4602AA Nutri-Fresh Inverter ref!

It's so high-tech, mamas! I was sobrang nagulat! Hindi fake reaction yan!

It's safe to say I'm sooo in love with my new ref! When my old ref conked out a few months ago, I didn't know which brand to get as a replacement. I asked my friends and they recommended this and that. Finally, I decided I wanted to check out Electrolux, pretty much because almost all my appliances are Electrolux. Plus, I grew up with the brand. And when I tried other brands, I just got disappointed (for example, the previous ref).

Now household appliances are not cheap. So when they don't perform well or they don't make my life easier, then I just wasted a lot of money. For me, Electrolux has made my life consistently better. Always worth every centavo! So we got an Electrolux ETB4602AA Nutri-Fresh Inverter refrigerator and I'm soooo glad we did!

Even the baby approves! Good job, Electrolux!

If you're shopping for a new ref now that you have your bonus (congrats! Freelance me misses that!), Electrolux has amazing Holi-deals! You can get up to 25% discounts and/or freebies with each purchase. That's my public service announcement, mamas. I don't get any commissions—I just really want you all to have an Electrolux home like me!!!

Check the Holi-deals Sale here:
Washing Machines and Dryers (Mine is a front-load washer/dryer and it has made me enjoy laundry so much. Click here to learn more about my beloved washing machine.)
Stoves, Ovens and Range Hoods (I have a range hood and it really sucks up the cooking smells. Very powerful!)
Vacuum Cleaners and Air Conditioner (My vacuum is the silent one. Click here to check it out—there are cute videos! I plan to replace all my A/Cs next.)

Happy shopping!!!

Monday, December 10, 2018

I don't know 'bout you but I'm feelin' 42!

We're happy, free, confused, 
and lonely in the best way
It's miserable and magical 
Oh yeah...

I hope Taylor Swift doesn't sue me for using her lyrics to describe how nice and strange my first month as a 42-year-old woman is. She may think 22 is miserable and magical, but 42 is just the same. I think every age is, come to think of it.

I can't speak for every 42-year-old woman out there but my misery comes from being an exhausted mother and working endlessly for money that goes straight to your kids' school and tummies. What is this drudgery haha

But I can't really think about the misery because it's such a happy time, too, and oh so magical! With three wonderful children, all of us so healthy and strong, eating 3 or more meals a day, cocooned in a comfortable home with Netflix, toys, books, food, hot water running from the taps, clothes on our back, heavenly beds to sleep in, and surrounded every single day with hugs, kisses and laughter, how can I complain? I'm in such a good place. Thank You, God!

As for freedom, well, despite the encroaching decay that comes with age, I have never felt more confident of my beauty and my body because I'm finally free from insecurity and obsession with image. It comes from 4 decades of getting to know my body and finally becoming friends with it. Much of that acceptance and awe comes from me finding out it has super powers after pregnancies and births and the ability to still make my family's life amazing despite 0 hours of sleep. Sure my belly is large and soft, my eyes are showing years of tears and joy and hard work, my neck is starting to fold into itself, my hands are wrinkled with household chores, but now I see these as marks of a life well lived and loved. To be finally free to LOVE ME is a gift!

And yes, there's confusion still. But only because we live in such strange times where people I used to admire turned out to be supporters of evil and untruths. Also, I'm only 42 but I don't really know what the future holds in terms of my career so I don't know what dreams to dream anymore. The world is changing so fast, I don't know what my place is in it. I'm just living one day at a time and hoping that work that I love and will love me will come my way this new year. And of course, as a mother and a wife, I never really know what I'm doing. I know I'm supposed to just love them, but love isn't easy and I'm forever questioning myself if this is a loving response or not. Tough, being a mom and wife!

As for lonely... I guess every parent feels lonely. Maybe not all the time, but some of the time. I wish there were family and friends to help me out in this life, but everyone's so busy. Even me. So even if they have the time, I don't. And that's okay. I've learned to fold into my books, enjoy my own company, and pray. Yes, pray. God's the only one around all the time. Also, the only one who cares for me and my own every second of forever. Everyone disappoints, sooner or later. So the sooner you put yourself in God's hands, the sooner you understand that it's okay for the world to come up short because your joy and peace lie in eternity anyway.

I hope you all have a relationship with God, mamas, if you also sometimes feel sad and lonely. And happy! God isn't here just for the bad times. He's there all the time. We just need to remember that and appreciate it!

So I'm 42! It's off to a great start, despite it being absolutely ordinary. I love my normal and ordinary life. I've come to appreciate how normal is safe and comfortable. As long as my boys are healthy and safe, I'm healthy and safe, food is on the table, and a roof is over our heads, what more do I need?

Well, a dog. I want a dog more than anything. A fluffy tri-color corgi with a big head and big paws to be specific. But that's for another birthday maybe many years from now if we ever get to own a house with a yard. Till then, and even if that puppy never ever becomes mine, I'm happy with all that I have—the good, the bad, everything. It's a wonderful life and I am oh so grateful!