Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Mix Tapes (CDs)

I lived in a generation when suitors made and gave mix-tapes to their loved ones. And I'm proud to have my own collection of songs.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Anmum Philippines Folate Test

Ads that come out in my facebook news feed are usually about Parenting, Art and Design, Sales, and Facebook Games. But the Anmum Philippines Folate Test caught my attention, because I am pregnant (again) and it still feels like the first time.

This is the link to their page where, in one minute, you can check if you are getting the right amount of folate necessary for pregnancy. I scored low, which alarmed me because I try my best to eat nutritious food in the right amount of serving.

Thanks to the Anmum Philippines Folate Test I realized I should really be mindful of my food intake (despite craving for sweets and salty junk food). After a few days signing up and getting my Folate Test result, I got a call from Anmum Philippines verifying my contact details and they informed me that I will be receiving a free sample of Anmum.

I have been pregnant since the start of 2013 and I have been drinking different brands of preggy milk. I have Anmum Vanilla in my pantry and good thing they sent me Anmum Chocolate for variety.

7 Signs You Must Ditch Your Underwear

1 When you are too big for the panty.

2. When the panty is too big for you.

3. When you have been comfortably using the set for 5 years.

4. When that sexy-panty's been sitting in the drawer for years and you don't intend to wear it anymore.

5. When it's just plain boring and it's neither comfy nor sexy.

6.  When it starts to show bacon garters.

7.  When it feels old.
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A Dozen Dresses

I love wearing dresses since I was a child. It started as a Sunday Dress thing that eventually became my wardrobe.
Back in high school when everyone was wearing Elephant pants and Spaghetti Straps, I still wore my dresses. And even in College when everyone was wearing... I can't remember what everyone else was wearing. I just love my dresses.
What's nice about dresses is that it does not take long for you to decide which top matches which bottom.
What's not nice about dresses is that I don't want to be photographed in the same dress a lot of times. That's why I sell them after a few months, or if I have noticed that I have seen myself several times wearing the same dress.
I have been re-selling new dresses (so that I can get the retailer discount) and my pre-loved dresses online in my Facebook Page and offline (in tiangges and in garage sales) since I was in College and the only remembrance of the dresses that I have are the memories and the pictures whenever I browse through the 8 year old desktop computer with 32G worth of storage that I have.

Another thing that's nice about dresses is that it does not take too much laundry space (and laundry water and laundry soap).
I used to wear even the short dresses to the call center office that I used to go to, and even in the government office that I used to work for.

Whenever I like a piece from buying wholesale, I sometimes get three so I can share the pretty-ness to other girls.
Dresses can look casual, or formal, or summery, depending on the shoes that you wear them with. I don't have a lot of shoes now, since I seldom buy  since 2010. And I have been using and disposing of shoes so they don't accumulate at take up space here at home.

Project 10 Pan Part 2

I have written about Project 10 Pan back in September 2009 in this entry and since then I try my best not to buy any skincare product unless I have emptied something.

Concept is simple: You don't buy anything until you have used up 10 things in your stash. And as I've mentioned before, I don't wear make-up so this goes for anything I apply on my skin:

1. The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Stick.

This costs 795php but I got this as a gift. When asked what I want for the baby when I learned I was pregnant early this year, I said get me The Body Shop Cocoa Butter Moisturizing Stick. It is packaged like your normal deodorant, and I love how the stick melts in your skin. I used it religiously, twice or thrice a day, and it lasted me a week and a half.

 2. Post Cautery Cream from D'Spa Skin Center.

In December of 2012, the Metrodeal voucher I bought for an Unlimited Face Wart removal for 250php was already valid, I scheduled the procedure which did not last more than 10 minutes.  I had to buy the D'Spa Skin Center Post Cautery Removal Cream for 300php, though.

I was able to use 1/4 of what's in the jar, even if I was applying it for a week. I did not want to throw it away so I gave it as a gift to Lanee, to whom I gave the other Voucher I bought for Facial Warts removal, but won't be able to use anymore since I am pregnant.

 3. Lurlur Asian Secrets Body Scrub.

After this jar I realized I have been using it incorrectly. You have to apply it when skin is still dry, not damp. Scrubbing once or twice a week, this lasted me less than a month.  

4. The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Tint

I have always been using The Body Shop Lip and Cheek Tint since I was in high school in the late 90's and I asked for this as a gift for Christmas last year from a friend. But it feels as if the formulation has changed. So I sold it in an online make-up forum. I still love The Body Shop.

5. Avon Nude Lipstick

I can't remember from which collection this belongs to. But I love it so much I have used it to the last gram. I remember I ordered this and other Avon items from an Avon Lady in my call center work, even if I was a Franchise Dealer myself. It was in November 2011 when I got this from her, and used the last gram when I was in Mang Inasal in Katipunan, waiting for Cecilia finish her class in Miriam.

6. The Body Shop Shimmerwaves.

I got the set as a gift as well, since I don't really buy anything I feel I won't be able to use regularly. I used The Body Shop Shimmerwaves for three months and finally gave it to Margaret, who, when she was looking at my Kikay Kit said she wanted to have it for herself.

7. The Body Shop Liquid Eyeliner

The Body Shop Liquid Eyeliner is my first, and applying it before leaving home takes 20-30 minutes more of my time. I envy girls who can wear make-up without effort, and how they can pull off the whole day still properly made up.  But liquid eyeliners are simply not for me. I probably might give it one more try since the Make-Up Artist Shiela I gave this to said my eyes are perfect for this. But not until I get another one for free.

8. Body Recipe Softening Foot Soak

I was not able to use this, at all. And I regifted it to our Lola neighbor here in Project 8. Cecilia is so fond of the old couple and once, when the Lola ordered Avon Foot Cream and Avon Foot Soak from an Avon brochure I was passing around, I thought of giving the Foot Soak I am not using to her as a freebie.

9. Sophie Strawberry Milk Moisturizing Mask

I was able to use this once. I ordered this from a Sophie dealer, a seemingly closet gay-guy from my call center work back in May 2012. I love the smell of the Sophie Strawberry Milk line, but I regifted it to an online mommy friend Marjorie who just celebrated her birthday last February 17th. I don't have the patience of putting these masks on a regular basis.

10. Fire Fruit Scent Body Butter

This is a gift for Christmas 2012 from Louise . This came as a set including a small Fire Fruit Scent Body Wash and a pink Body Sponge. Finished it to the last gram. And immediately disposed of the jar. (I am avoiding getting attached to jars like these because they just accummulate dust here at home.)

This is my second entry on Project 10 Pan, as I can remember correctly. And reading the 2009 entry, I realized that I have gone far:

1. I am still  not buying anything as much as possible.
2. I am actually using gifts OR giving them away as soon as I realize the product is not for me.

But despite these effforts, my dresser is still a mess. I still have a lot to use/sell/dispose. And I still have a lot of products on my wishlist to buy/as for as gifts.

Friday, March 15, 2013

A Dozen Avon Panties

I have said time and time again that my house is a mess. And it does not take more than 2 minutes to realize that all the mess that is in this house is mine.

Inasmuch as I don’t want my mom’s I-am-not-throwing-anything mantra because of her clutter in the house where I grew up, I have to admit I have inherited it. And every year I tell myself, I will declutter my house.

I have to start somewhere:

I have a dozen Avon panties and I feel nostalgic throwing them away today but I am. [saving this document, pausing, and putting everything in a plastic bag right now]

I have not used those panties in years and I just keep them. I am getting myself a dozen Avon panties one of these days.

Avon has their online brochure in
And I have been  a franchise dealer for years so I get the dealer discounts. 

What's nice about their panty-packs is that it comes is three's or five's or seven's. Then I get excited for every new brochure to come out, find out if there is a bra on sale to complete the bra-panty set.

Avon Fashion's Missy Collection is designed for teens, but fits me well because I am not well endowed in that area. The prints are cute and I use them mostly at home. (It just fees nice to be in nice underwear even at home.) 

Avon Fashion's Classic Collection is composed of the nudes, blacks and reds, while Avon Fashion's Shapemakers Plus Collection is for those whose size ranges from 38A and up. 

As a dealer I (must) always have at least 10 pieces of bra per size (32A, 32B, 34A, 34B, 36A, 36B) on hand to keep the inventory moving. 

It is always easy to sell what you use.