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Sunday, May 24, 2015

This Week's Beauty and Skincare Recommendations

Feels comforting returning to The Girlie Blog. 

Like reconnecting with a long-lost friend.

After nine months of locking down at the county library and surviving on cheap coffee, my minuscule Internet Marketing Business is, at last, up and running, and close to breaking even.

People are assuming. 

When a few acquaintances heard of "internet" and "marketing," they presumed the business to be a type of Network Marketing or Pyramid Scheme--the kind that obligates friends and family to purchase useless products. Some people have canceled plans or even dropped off of the radar completely! But I don't blame them. If I was assuming, and thought that all internet marketers would pressure me to join a nebulous network with the promise of a million-dollar paycheck, I'd flee too.

It's not network marketing or pyramid scheme.

Just a business model that was "dreamed" up while laying sideways breastfeeding our first born. It's a tiny, insignificant business model, but promising enough to formulate a business plan for, and offers the possibility to stay home with our children while supplementing income and cultivating a new career path.

For three years, small updates were added to the business plan each time I laid sideways breastfeeding. Thank God for smartphones! When our second kid stopped breastfeeding, planning wrapped up, and "proof-of-concept" began. It was an arduous and sensitive phase in the "master" plan. Good thing I locked myself in the library with cheap coffee to avoid driving the husband crazy.

Real friends, including you, fellow beauty and fashion bloggers, don't ask questions.

They give you space to do what you must do, and spare you the embarrassment of explaining if plans falter. They also check in once in a while when you update your blog with these cool beauty and skincare finds:

1. Milani Grandissimo Lashes Mascara

For drug store mascara, Milani Grandissimo performed well. The creamy formula created thickness; the fat wand separated lashes; and the drug store price saved a few bucks. I've been using it for two weeks, and am happy with the results. 

2. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum

According to Estee Lauder's product detail, this serum contains an exclusive ChronoluxCBTechnology, which "reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, leaving skin feeling smoother, hydrated, and stronger, and looking younger, radiant, and more even toned." Sounds like a bogus promise, but my skin does feel lubricated each morning!

ChronoluxCB™ contains hyaluronic, which is a natural substance in the human body. Its highest concentration is found in fluids around eyes and joints; and its lubricating properties add value to both medicine and skin care. In skin care, hyaluronic is used in fillers and anti-aging products like today's night serum.

This serum holds onto moisture through the night, leaving my skin dewy and glowing in the morning. I absolutely love it! A 1.7-ounce bottle costs around $90. I think it's worth every penny!

3. Biore Charcoal Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

Charcoal's purifying property and high absorbency gives these strips an edge over others. These strips pulled some nasty stuff out of my pores. Definitely getting these again.

4. Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask

Also made with natural charcoal, this face mask leaves skin fresh and soft. It also creates a warm, tingly sensation upon touch, which feels relaxing. 

5. Cover Girl Single Eye Shadow

Affordable, long-lasting and natural-looking, these Cover Girl singles are go-to's.

6. Cover Girl Lip Lava

Drug store lip gloss doesn't last long. Actually no gloss does. But the lip lava has lush, pretty color, and is fun to wear. I also like its easy-to-apply brush.

7. Burt's Bees Shae Butter Hand Repair Cream

No need to explain what this hand cream does or how well it works. Love it, and use it all the time!

8. C.O Bigelow Mentha Tingling Foot Cream

Outside of the county library, I chase two little ones around all day, leaving feet dry and cracked from heel to toe. A powerful foot cream like C.O Bigelow's Mentha Tingling Foot Cream pampers abused feet with cooling mentha and soothing aloe. I've been using it every night for two months, and cracked heels are now smooth.

I don't expect you to visit.

After all, I've abandoned this blog for so long.

In case you do visit, though, I hope you found the recommendations above useful.

See you...hopefully.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


On a bit-sized fashion blog?

Is it necessary?

Why yes, it is.

Even beauty and fashion bloggers get knocked down.

In fact, we probably need it the most.

Good luck to you.



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Black and White vs. Color (Fashion Blog Post)

I don't feel like I'm good enough for my husband.

I felt the worst when we first became serious. It took him only one date to make a commitment. Couldn't understand what appealed to him so much: he's great; I'm so-so; and that's fact. People closest to us, however, seemed to think that we fit so right together. 

"You are perfect for each other," his mom confessed after seeing us together for the first time. But even with my future mother-in-law's approval, I still felt self-conscious.

It's not self-deprecation talking; it's what I had to measure up to: his ex.

I'll call her Miss X. She's the Epitome of Success!

First off, she came from scholarly prestige: her Father triple-majored at ... where else? ... Harvard. He was also a Rhodes Scholar. Her Mother graduated from ... where else? ... Yale. Her uncle wrote books that sold well. If you watch the History Chanel, you've probably seen him. Her siblings work on Wall Street. They make a lot of money. Her Grandmother built an empire. Her Great Uncle did too.

You get the picture.

And the girl herself. Oh my God. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Cool Infographic


Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Happy Hump Day!

Monday, July 14, 2014

What I'm Loving Right Now (Beauty and Skin Care Blog Post)

Hi there!

Been a long time. Hope you're doing well.

I've been busy--and am too busy to elaborate.

So, onto what I'm loving right now...

1. Aveeno Positively Ageless Night Cream

Like what Cameron Diaz said, there is "no such thing as anti-aging." But, there is good skin care for mature skin. To help with heavy moisture-loss during sleep, applying night cream is a must.

Most night cream are heavy in feel, but this Aveeno night cream, made with noncomedogenic formula, feels light and easy. The purchase was a good choice, and I definitely recommend it.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Solid-Blocking (Fashion Blog Post)

Jack of all trades, master of none.

Miss HR was a cool girl. 

I met her at a previous work place, a tiny consulting firm that no longer exists, and we immediately hit it off. Whenever I was in between projects, she proposed to my manager that I attend college job fairs with her.

I wasn't qualified to hire anyone, of course, but Miss HR liked my company, and Mr. Manager liked the exposure his department was going to receive. So I went, and had a good time with Miss HR.

During one of the job fairs...

...a young man, all dressed up and looking important, came to talk to us. According to him, he was THE-MAN: master psychologist, astute manager, genius engineer, communications expert...I don't remember everything, because it was a looooooooooong list.

"Check out this guy!" I exclaimed, "he's so smart!"

Miss HR, who was much savvier than I was, looked rather unimpressed. She leaned over and whispered, "Jack of all trades, master of none."

Ouch! (For him.)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Jewelry Making - Fun with the Preschooler (Fashion Blog Post)

Bored with a preschool-aged girl?

One cure is doing crafts--and specifically making jewelry. If you have a little girlie girl, she'll most likely adore making her own necklaces and bracelets. It's easy to do, doesn't require a ton of money, and supplies are sold everywhere. Head to Michael's, or any local craft store, you'll find a jewelry-making section with assortments of beads, wires, tools and other shiny objects.

I started with our daughter Jo when she was three and tell you what, it's one of the funnest projects we do. Not only is the kid being entertained--and we all know how hard that is with young ones--she learns from the experience as well.