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The Pink Blush has officially turned TWO!!!

Hooray!!! My blog is celebrating its second birthday! Yey!!! 😀

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This blog has contributed a significant part in making myself complete. It has given me the chance to give time for myself and to enjoy what I love doing. Aside from that, I love getting so much support and appreciation from those who read my posts. I know that I still have a long way to go. But knowing that people keep on visiting my blog, it makes me pursue doing quality posts for all of you. From the bottom of my heart, I would like to say “Thank you, thank you, thank you very much!!! ❤ ”

Love you all,

Ana 😉

New Year, New Look!

Happy New Year!!! 😀

Time flies so fast. It is already 2015! Since it is a new year, people are into something new. New resolutions to commit on, new goals to achieve, new adventures to try…

As for me, I decided to say goodbye to my old hairstyle and go for a new look. I had my hair done at Bench Fix Salon in Glorietta, Makati. 😀

So, my hair went from this…

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to this! 😀

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TADAAAHHH! 😉

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A Tribute to My Olympus Tough TG-620 iHS Digital Compact Camera

This is a devastating moment in my blogging life. My super duper ever-reliable Olympus Tough TG-620 iHS Digital Compact Camera broke down. Up to now, I cannot figure out what happened. It just stopped functioning. During my dad’s 65th birthday celebration, all is well when it suddenly died and it cannot switch in both camera and video modes. I was able to retrieve the stored pictures in its memory card but, unfortunately, I cannot use it anymore.

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The first thing that came into my mind? This blog. My camera served as its other half. Since Day One of this incredible writing hobby up to last week, I have considered my camera as the life of this blog. I won’t be able to establish myself as a beauty blogger if not for my Olympus.

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My husband told me that he would try to have it repaired. For now, I will just use my mom’s camcorder. Apparently, it does not give out the same quality of photos as my Olympus Tough TG-620 iHS Digital Compact Camera. Well, maybe I still have to figure out how to work with it. I can’t say if I will be able to buy a new one since it is going to be a big expense. Oh my! 😦

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Aside from the great quality of photos that this camera can produce, I also find this easy to use for my selfies. My mom’s camcorder is too heavy to raise up with just one hand. Well, I’m thinking of working with a tripod and a remote for easy focus. Arrrggghhh!!!!! Hassle!

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For my readers, don’t worry. I won’t stop blogging. This will not be a hindrance for me to write. Although, it will be challenging for me to work again with another type of camera since I am not used to it. I’m still trying to figure things out. Please bear with me if my photos will look annoying on my succeeding posts.

*Goodbye for now, Olympus Tough TG-620! I don’t know if we can still be together again. You have contributed a lot in my blogging journey. Surely, you will forever be missed. 😦 *

OOTD: Blues and Pearls + FOTD

My father turned 65 last November 21 which also marked his retirement from government service. My brothers and I, along with our respective love partners, planned a surprise party for him. It was just an intimate event that includes the whole family, our relatives and some close friends of my dad. Although a simple get-together, it was such a great accomplishment for us because it was our first time to plan something like this.

Here are some of our event photos. 😀

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A Throwback Story about the Aido Cosmetics Lip Shiner

This post is not really a product review. It is more of me telling a story about the Aido Cosmetics Lip Shiner in Strawberry. I am just so happy that I was able to see this product again after several years of not buying and using it.

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When I was looking at the product counter of FS Cosmetics, I saw some Aido Cosmetics products as well. There, I saw the Aido Cosmetics Lip Shiner in Strawberry and school-life memories began coming back like it was just yesterday.

The Aido Cosmetics Lip Shiner in Strawberry was actually my very first makeup purchase with my own money. That was when I was in my late elementary years. I just really wanted to have something to show off in school because my classmates tend to act like they are already in their teenage years having their face powder and lip glosses ready in their makeup kits. It was an exclusive school for girls, by the way.

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It’s My Blog’s First Birthday!

Time flies really fast! It seems like it was just a few days ago when I have published my first post in this blog. But now, this 175th post marks my first anniversary as a beauty blogger. Wow! *clap clap* 😀

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I have never thought that I would be able to maintain this blog for this long. When I was just starting, I thought that I might not have so much to write about. I thought I would not have a lot to share as compared to other famous beauty bloggers. I just started this out to serve as my personal space in this big online world and to voice out my self-discoveries in my newly found interest.

Newly found? Yup! My first post serves as the official start of my blog’s tagline: a journey towards unravelling the world of makeup and fashion. Blogging has made me realize that this is not just about material gain. This has also opened me up to meet new friends along the way and to get access to fun moments that I never thought I would be able to experience.

I know there are still a lot of things that I have yet to find out in this journey. But for now, I am just so happy with what I have achieved! 😀

A Hello Kitty Kiddie Party + FOTD & OOTD

We celebrated my second daughter’s first birthday last April 12. We had a Hello Kitty themed birthday party for her. It was such a happy and joyful day for everyone! 😀 Not only the kids enjoyed the party but even the adults had a great time. 🙂

Here are some of our pictures during the event. 😀

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The Liebster Award

I would like to thank and give a special mention to Denise Sarmiento of *Love*Cute*Princess for nominating me for my Liebster Award. 😀

First and foremost, what is a Liebster Award? A Liebster Award (according to the Wording Well website) is a virtual award given to bloggers by other bloggers. The word “liebster” has German origins and has several definitions: dearest, sweetest, kindest, nicest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, etc.

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So, how does the Liebster Award work? Here are the official rules (taken from the Wording Well website):

If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award AND YOU CHOOSE TO ACCEPT IT, write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:

1. thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
3. answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
4. provide 11 random facts about yourself.
5. nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award, who have a less than 1000 followers. (Note that you can always ask the blog owner this since not all blogs display a widget that lets the readers know this information!)
6. create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
7. list these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to:
8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)

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Here are Denise’s list of questions for me along with my answers:

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A New Year to Look Forward To

Tomorrow marks my sixth month as a beauty blogger. As I was browsing my blog, I realized I have published quite a good number of posts already. It may not be a daily thing but I am proud to say that I make sure that every post is worth reading. I may not be as popular as the other highly followed beauty bloggers out there but there are already some who have been following my blog. I am so happy that I am able to share some of my thoughts here in my small space in the online world.

As we have waved our goodbyes to 2013 and welcomed the new year 2014, we are all given a fresh, new start to accomplish our goals and fulfill our dreams in life. As for me, one of the many things that I look forward to is my chance to write more and share my experiences in this blog. It would be great if you could leave some comments too. It makes me feel good knowing that there are people who appreciate me in the world of blogging. Haha! 😉

Thanks for the visit and cheers to a whole new year ahead of us! 😀

Sample Room: Review of Shiseido Ibuki Products

How do you make sure that you, as a person, are ready for anything?

Being ready for anything means that you are up to the challenges that you may encounter and that you can surpass all of them. You wake up not exactly knowing what would happen within the day. You may have plans but there may be times wherein these plans don’t exactly go the way you have planned it to be.

For me, everyday is a challenge. I am a wife to my loving husband and a mother to my two beautiful daughters. I also have a full-time work in the IT industry which demands a lot of tasks to accomplish and deadlines to meet. I also make time to mingle and socialize with my friends (people I met when I was still studying and those I met in the corporate world). I write and share my beauty reviews and interests through the posts in this blog. Of course, I also need to have my “me-time”. Lastly, but definitely not the least I have to have time for God. So yes, everyday is a must to be ready for anything. I need to have time for all of them.

My Wonderful Family

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My Amazing College Friends

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My Ever Fun-to-be-With Office Colleagues

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How do I do it?

  1. Prioritize: Make sure that the most important thing has your most focused attention.
  2. Positivity: No room for negative stuff. Bad vibes will only make you feel discouraged and you won’t have the energy anymore to do what’s right and good.
  3. Be well-rested: You need to rest. If not, you won’t have the drive to do the things you need and want to do.

If you are ready for anything, the same thing should be for your skin. It should be armed with the right products that would give care and protection to it. This is what the whole Shiseido Ibuki line is dedicated to do: to make your skin ready for anything.

When Sample Room announced that they are going to have Shiseido Ibuki products available in their website, I was one of those who are excited to try them out. On the first day of their release, I ordered a sample of the Shiseido Ibuki Eye Correcting Cream. After a week and a half, when I checked if there are any available products, I chanced upon the Shiseido Ibuki Purifying Cleanser and I ordered a sample too.

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Now, it’s time for their reviews!!! 😀

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