Wednesday, May 31, 2017

My Top 5 Fave : Neutral Lipsticks

There are times when we feel like wearing bold lipsticks like reds, mauve or dark purples but sometimes we want to wear pinks or sometimes corals or peach. But there are times we just want a neutral shades that tones down our bold eye looks or just to compliment or complete our nude look or sometimes when we are in a hurry - neutral shades is best to match our makeup look. Of course, we have our own views or type of neutrals aaand here are my top fave neutral lipsticks.



MY TOP 5 FAVE : NEUTRAL LIPSTICKS


Neutral shades lipsticks plays a huge role in the makeup world just like the red shades. Neutral shades compliments every eye color looks or face. You can't go wrong when you apply neutral lipsticks if sometimes you don't know the color match, especially, when you try to wear bold eye looks & lips. It helps toned down your eye looks & overall look from head to toe. It also balances the shimmer or glitters that comes out from your blush, highlight or eye shadows. This also, it depends of course on the pigmentation of your natural lips, to give an oomph or MLBB (my lips but better) shade.




Rimmel Lasting Finish in Crush 

My first choice (permanent) is a shimmery peachy pick nude brown. It looks so orange-y on the tube but when you apply on the lips it turns like nude-y pink brown shade.




Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Blushed

Ah one of my favorite drugstore brand (permanent) is a pearly nude brown. This is for me is another of those MLBB kind of thing.




Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Demure

Another favorite shade from Revlon's Super Lustrous Line, this is my second tube actually, a pinky nude shade in a creme finish. I love love this shade another of MLBB thing. Lightweight but moisturizing on my lips. Definitely, will re-purchase this hahaha.




MAC Lipstick in Haute Altitude

This is according to MAC a mid-tone blue pink or simply light warm pink with blue undertone. In the picture it looks so much pink but because my lips is little bit pink so, when I applied this it tends to become warm nude pink. A great for everyday wear & it's perfect for your daily / everyday makeup look & perfect for every skin tone. Sad to say this is a limited edition. But I believe MAC Angel (permanent) is a little close but differ in finish. 




MAC Lipstick in Finally Free

A limited edition, a mid-tone rose-y nude shade in a cremesheen finish. I already did a swatch & review in this POST.


Swatches (from left to right) I shot this during at night & using an artificial lighting & my camera didn't do much justice on the shade. Rimmel Crush, Revlon Blushed & Demure, MAC Haute Altitude & Finally Free.

So, what are your favorite neutral shade? Love to hear them from you.


Xoxo, 

Mary Ann

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

25 Things To Do When You Are Angry

Have you ever experienced when you are angry, you are in a bad mood & seems getting more & more angry? Or sometimes you just want to shout or scream because you felt something inside you that wants to burst out uncontrollably? Yes, to others it's understandable when they you angry but not all the time they should understand you because sooner or later others would eventually be angry at you & before you know it, you are hurting each other emotionally or sometimes physically. In my previous post, I have tackled The Good, The Bad & The Ugly & Effects about anger. You can read my post HERE
There are things you can do if you are angry or getting angry. Here are some of my suggestions.



25 THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU ARE ANGRY


WATCH FUNNY MOVIES / TV SERIES

What are your favorite funny movies or tv series? An old saying "Laughter is the best medicine". When you are happy, you felt light & all those positive energies are coming out from your body. Your coming seems to flow smoothly right? Everything you do, you finish is quickly in a short span of time without errors or failures. 


EXERCISE

Go to the gym or do some simple stretching inside your room. This helps your minds to focus on other things rather than wasting all your energies to anger. You feel alight when you sweat right? Not only that, it also helps you to lose those excess pounds.


READ BOOKS 

Another to distract yourself from anger is to read books, what books do you love to read? Romance novel, horror, suspense or thriller  or  fantasy? 


TRY SKETCHING OR DRAWING OR DO SOME MAKEUP


Are you an artist or just your hobby? When you try to sketch or draw you think of things with colors in your mind. Or try playing with your makeup collections by mix - matching. Who knows you might discover some application techniques a thing or two. I usually do this whenever I am angry or stressed. trying some color combination of eye shadows or blushes or trying experimenting on application on eye shadows. This really relaxes me a lot. It helps!


DO CALLIGRAPHY

Calligraphy is so an "it" these days. It also brings the artistic inside you. If you are not into sketching or drawing or doing make up. This is an alternative.


SING HAPPY SONGS

Whether you are a great singer or not. Don't mind it, this helps in distracting you from focusing on anger instead.


TAKE A WALK

Another distraction is to take a walk. Helps releasing that negative energy from your body. By walking, you sweat & then you want to drink a cold beverage which in turn refreshes your body & then you realized you're not that angry anymore right?


CALL A FRIEND

And if the things mentioned above doesn't work, try calling a friend. Tell him/her why you're angry. He/She might help you realize what triggers you to get angry & he/she might give you some solutions too!


DRINK YOUR FAVE BEVERAGE(S)

If you can't reach your friend, try drinking some of your fave beverage(s). Either you go outside drink a cup of coffee or cold refreshments or try making some of your own. 




MEDITATE

Try practicing meditation while listening to music use for meditating, or by humming. This helps a lot in relaxing your mind & body. 


BREATHING RELAXATION

Breathing slowly helps your body to relax This also helps your body to cool down, did you notice when you're angry your body heats up? Breathing helps you release those heat emanating from your body.


SNAP A RUBBER BAND

What do you feel when you try to snap a rubber band to yourself? You felt pain right? Now, your mind suddenly focuses on the pain & you forgot about being angry in just a split second right?  One way of distraction from anger.


LISTEN TO MUSIC

Whether a happy music, rock or pop one. Listening to it would make you happier, elevates your mind aaand an added bonus helps your verbal intelligence & memory. Wow!


REDECORATE YOUR ROOM

Another distraction from getting angry, a feeling of accomplishment sounds great when you try to redecorate your room it makes it more lively don't you think?


GO TO SLEEP

If you don't want to do anything or you can't focus your mind of other things than being angry. Then try to go to sleep. Sleeping also helps ease your mind & relaxes your body. Don't you feel energize after getting some sleep?



PLAY WITH YOUR PET

Don't you just feel happy when you see your pet doing quirky things or cute pose?


PLAY SOME GAMES

Either with your friends or in your computer. Your mind would definitely focuses on the game(s) that you're playing.


EAT SOME SNACKS

Not junk foods guys! No! But veggie salads or oatmeal cookies paired with real fruit juice.


SOLITUDE YOURSELF

If you just can't concentrate on focusing your mind from anger & want to burst it out, try to go inside an empty room & there let it all out.


GO TO A QUIET & SUNLIT ROOM

In connection to "Solitude yourself", lock yourself in a quiet but sunlit room. Sunlit room changes your mood because it gives positive aura. They say weather influences your moods right?


COUNT TO TEN

Sometimes counting eases your mind & relaxes your body. It also helps you breathe slowly. Remember in The Big Bang Theory when Leonard was angry at Sheldon's remark, he immediately counts before he snapped, if you're watching.


WRITE IT DOWN

Writing it in a journal or diary helps you think what really triggered you to be angry. It will also help realize what are the things you should to solve it or before it triggers.


DANCE

Dancing is like exercising especially when you listen to upbeat music. It tones your muscles & improves your heart & lungs condition.


Hope these helps. Do you have other ways to do when you are angry? Love to hear them.


XoXo,

Mary Ann





Sunday, May 7, 2017

7 Reasons Why You Should Watch Goblin



A lot of you probably heard the success of this Korean Drama TV Series "Goblin" or also titled "Guardian : The Lonely & Great God". Aaannnd you probably watched on Channel 2 (ABS-CBN) the commercial of it. In this post I will be giving you 7 reasons why you should watch it. For those who have watched it through cable, you already have an idea but to those who are just curious & interested do be warned, there will be some spoilers here. ;)

The Cast . . .

It has 5 main characters consists of :

Gong Yoo who plays the immortal goblin Kim Shin that lives for 939 years with a sword stuck in his heart. It is his first time to star in a small screen for almost 5 years since his success movie "Train to Busan". He had been doing mostly movies & his last tv series was "Big" but he is also known for the series "Coffee Prince". 

Now, the only one who can remove the sword so that the goblin can finally rest in peace is his bride played by Kim Go Eun who is known for playing in "Cheese in the Trap".

Next cast is Lee Dong Wook who is the grim reaper or the one who collects & assists souls to their afterlife. He lives with the goblin & his past life is the emperor who decrees to kill Kim Shin - the past life of the goblin who was a great warrior. He is best known for the role in another Korean TV series "My Girl".

Yoo In Na who plays the sister of the goblin & wife of the emperor in her past life & the present boss of the goblin's bride. She also plays a supporting role in the Korean series "My Love from the Star".

Lastly, Yook Sungjae who plays the nephew of the goblin & sometimes the lead god in the series by sort of possessed. He is the member of the boy group BTOB.

The Series . . .

It's a fantasy, drama, comedy, romance series. It's like a tv series of the movie Twilight or Vampire Diaries but talks of gods, grim reapers & goblins.  It has 16 episodes plus 3 special episodes which is the behind the scenes & boy, each episode is jam packed with magic, action, rom-com. 

The Story . . .

It started out with a goblin who lives for 939 years, wow, immortal being who only his bride have the power to remove the sword (which is a curse because he can't rest in peace if the sword is still stuck in his heart). 

The Main Topic . . .

It deals with life & death of a person. How he / she will deal with it. The intervenes of each god to human beings & what it tells to us in facing our struggles in life & what should we do if an opportunity knocks. How do we repay the goodness of a god. It also tells us that if one of our loved one dies, it's the end for us, there's still hope for us.


The Soundtrack . . .

The songs being played in the series have their distinct sounds to it. Consists of 14 parts with instrumental sounds included. It includes some music in english words too! Each of them will remind you of some of the highlights of the series like when the two lead actors would walk side by side like models on a runway & the song "Round & Round" would be playing in the background. Or when the goblin & bride would have a moment with each other & "Beautiful" would be playing or when Sunny & the grim reaper would have their talk & "I miss you" or a light happy song "You are so beautiful".



They are like models on the runway

The Bro-mance . . .

There are some scenes featured only the 2 lead actor of the series, their funny antics & arguments you will really laugh at them.















The Cinematography . . .

There are 2 locations in the scenes of Goblin, one in Korea & the other is in Canada, Quebec to be exact & boy, they shot their scenes with beautiful backgrounds of the country. 










Well, that is it guys. Have you watched this series? I highly recommended.

DISCLAIMER : I don't own the pictures & gifs. They are owned by their respected copyrights.


Just some nibbles to chew :

Did you know that the writer Kim Eun Sook is also the writer behind the other KDrama series "The Heirs", "The Descendants of the Sun", "Secret Garden" & "Lovers in Paris". She also won in recent 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards.

Gong Yoo won as the best actor for this series in the recent 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards

Another funny scene from Goblin - Enjoy! 





Saturday, May 6, 2017

Anger - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly & Effects

Anger, according to Merriam Webster Dictionary is a strong feeling of displeasure and usually of antagonism. To Wikipedia, it is an intense emotional response. It is an emotion that involves a strong uncomfortable and emotional response to a perceived provocation, hurt or threat. To us, it is just a simple meaning of strong emotion towards a person or uncontrollable situation. But nevertheless, we feel this kind of emotion often which is normal. But, do be careful. Anger is not just normal anger. 
In this post, I will tackle the different kinds of anger. 


Anger - The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. . .

The Good . . .

Anger helps us express what's really inside us. It is somehow a way to show or tell someone of your feelings towards them. Anger is also a way of motivation that something needs to change. What's good about anger is that we can easily express our feelings. Do you remember that time when you have a hard time telling to a person or persons exactly how you feel that it builds up inside you & when you can't control it, it suddenly bursts open & that's when that person (s) realized how wrong he/she towards you?



The Bad . . .

Anger, when letting yourself control it, can stop or prevent your mind in thinking reason like, how can you move on or forgive yourself or someone if you are angry at yourself/someone? Or how can you think straight when you let anger control you? It also can be used by manipulation strategy. Like, someone would use your anger for his/her purpose to get what he/she wants. If you also use anger, you would end up hurting not only physically but emotionally to someone or to your loved one(s).



The Ugly . . .

Anger, when lost in control or you let yourself be controlled by anger is also not good. It leads to more serious situation. Violence, hatred & feeling of revenge came from anger. It can hurt the people around whether they are your loved ones or friends - either emotionally or physically that later on you felt remorse. 

Some Effects . . .

This also leads to illness because it releases hormones like adrenaline and cortisol from our bodies. Have you experienced headache or backache? Or sometimes high blood pressure after getting angry or feeling of tiredness or stress or simply feeling all of your energies been drained down? These are some health problems affected by ANGER.
Psychologically, it dramatically changes one's behavior like drinking problems or confidence or self-esteem, depression or worse, substance abuse or self-injury because when angry it reduces your threshold of pain.
So, when you feel anger better calm yourself down before you let it control you.




Thursday, March 30, 2017

My Makeup Treasure-Trove : MAC Paint Pots

It's been a long time since I posted a topic in my treasure trove, this post have been ready for quite some time & haven't uploaded it yet. So, here it is. One of my favorite multi-use product are the MAC paint pots. I have included this in My Top 3 Favorite : Multi-Use Products, you can read my post HERE. As you can see, I have grown to love MAC paint pots because it not only adds oomph to my eye shadows but I can wear them without worrying of creasing or fading & it also acts as an eye primer to me even though of my oily lids. 


My Makeup Treasure-Trove : MAC Paint Pots


I have a total of 7 paint pots & still I have more on my wishlists hahaha. 


SOFT OCHRE - A beige shade in yellow tone & in matte finish. Perfect to neutralize dark eye lids.




PAINTERLY - A nude shade with pinkish tone & a matte finish. This is a universal shade fit for every skin tone. Also a perfect shade for an everyday simple look, this can go with just a stand alone on your lids or putting an eye shadow on top.




LET ME POP - A frosted golden peach, this was a limited edition shade & kind of have a love, hate relationship with this. This is so sheer upon application & the shade disappear, it end up just glitter on your lids & it's very sticky. I usually end up applying this on top of my eye shadow by tapping it on top.




VINTAGE SELECTION - This is an old formula, I bought this a while ago. The shade is a brownish peach & a frost finish. It has a sheer application with a little shimmer on my lids.




RUBENESQUE - One of my most favorite paint pot from my treasure-trove. It's a a golden peach in a pearl finish. It gives an added oomph for your shimmer eye shadow on the lids especially on beige, pearl or champagne shades. 




ECLAIR - Oh, this is also my favorite every day use aside from the name which got my attention at first place because of its chocolate name. It can be use alone or you can put an eye shadow on top of it. A perfect for a one eye shade look & it's great for any FOTD. This is also good in balancing your makeup look, a versatile one - for day time or evening look. A light golden chocolate-y shade with a little shimmer on it & in a pearl finish. I love putting an eye shadow taupe shade on top of this like the Catrice single eye shadow in My Copperware Plate. This was released in MAC Baking Beauties Collection, a limited edition, sad to say. This is a lighter shade than MAC Quite Natural but it's a matte finish, a little similar to MAC Constructivist but a little darker & more metallic brown. It's quite similar to Maybelline's Color Tattoo in Rich Mahogany but this one was also limited edition :( Hopefully, MAC would put this in their permanent line like the Let's Skate, Vintage Selection or Dangerous Cuvee - let's cross our fingers.




NUBILE - It's a light peachy beige & in a matte finish. I think it's like an in-between with Painterly & Soft Ochre if ever they have a child hahaha. A great neutral base & a versatile too. A limited edition which is sad, released in MAC Posh Paradise Collection. I use this when I don't feel like using Painterly. 




Here are the swatches of my 7 MAC paint pots, as of now.

My wishlist : Groundwork, Quite Natural & Tailor Grey (see how I am a sucker for anything neutral or taupe?)

So, have you tried MAC paint pots? Love to hear them what you think.

Xoxo,

Mary Ann