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Money Diaries: A Week in March

Money Diaries: A Week in March |

Inspired by R29’s Money Diaries and Cosmo PH’s… weekly expenses thing that everybody seems to hate, I decided to track my expenses last week and blog about it. (Okay, it’s more like I straight up copied Money Diaries.) Before I get into it, here are a few things to note about me: I’m not a thrifty person, I do not scrimp when it comes to food, and I have a big appetite. I also have a spending problem but I still try to be sensible with my money. I’ve been doing better at avoiding mindless expenses and I am pretty proud of that!

I live at home with my mom and 7 cats. My monthly bills include our phone and DSL (PHP1850), my post-paid line (Plan 1799 + monthly cashout for my phone), Spotify Premium (PHP129), and credit card bill. Karlo (my boyfriend) lets me use his Netflix account. I don’t pay rent and contribute to the household by buying groceries (depending on how often I go, I spend around PHP2000-4000), food for the critters (at least PHP2000/month), and chipping in for other things (e.g. we’re having our kitchen cabinets redone and I gave PHP3000 for that).

Monthly income: ~50k+ after taxes.

Day 1 – Monday

10AM – I usually spend weekends at Karlo’s and when his driver doesn’t have a lot of errands on Mondays, I get dropped off in BGC. Today before work, we drove through McDonald’s so I could get Fish and Rice and an iced coffee, which Karlo paid for.

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On My Radar: Brother Home Sewing Machines

There are two things I wish I could do more of in life: the first is sleep (of course) and the second is home crafts.

People are always surprised when they find out I knit, crochet, and cross stitch because I don’t look it. But back when I had more time to do the things that I liked, I spent many afternoons in front of my laptop, my fingers getting sore from my hooks or needles as I wrestled with a pattern while unsuccessfully trying to keep Freakiecat from eating the yarn.

I was planning on learning how to sew next. I wanted redemption (I failed by high school junior year home ec finals because I couldn’t figure out those old sewing machines) and I wanted to make my own bedsheets and pillow cases. Those things are expensive! Plus, a lot of the cute DIYs I wanted to take on needed some sewing and I didn’t even know how to mend a hole. Unfortunately, I had to go back to working in an office and all my hobbies took a backseat.

These days, I watch a lot of sewing tutorials on Youtube (WithWendy is my fave!) and since I’m now the kind of person that doesn’t get invited to weekend parties anymore, I’ve been thinking of spending my free time learning the craft. Fortunately, Brother starter sewing machines are reasonably priced and take up so little space. Nothing those old bulky pedalled ones!

Brother also has a promo running until the end of March where you get a free sewing kit worth PHP1300 for every purchase of any of these three models:

Things I would make if I had a Brother Home Sewing Machine at my side:

1. Lacy bralettes

2. Costumes for my cats

3. Bedsheets

4. Drawstring backpacks (so trendy~)

For more info, like BROTHERS on Facebook.

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Video: What’s In My Bag?

When I started this Youtube thing, Romila asked me to do a What’s In My Bag type of video and I DID because who am I to say no to people? (JK, I say no a lot, especially to things that scare me, like job opportunities at big fancy agencies.) I shot this video over the holiday break last month but only got around to editing and uploading it yesterday. It’s a little corny and I was running low on energy because I shot 3 videos that day but I hope you guys still like it. :)


Radiant Skin in 4 Steps With St. Ives

Radiant Skin with St Ives |

I have a tiny bathroom so bathroom real estate is pretty precious to me. This means I carefully choose what products I keep and refrain from trying new things because they might not work for me and end up as clutter (I have problems throwing things out, no matter how much I KonMari lol). The one thing I always have in my bathroom, though, is a bottle of my favorite St Ives Apricot Scrub.

Seriously, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t use St Ives!* It’s probably one of the most trusted and well-loved brands among my social circles.

I’ve had a handful of people compliment me on my skin and have asked what I do. It’s simple, really! Good genes, good lighting, a good camera, and a good skin care regimen.

I also make it a point to stay away from products that contain harsh chemicals or ingredients I’m unfamiliar with. A while back, I considered getting into Korean skin care but I was so overwhelmed with all these acronyms (BHAs? AHAs?) and restrictions (I can’t sweat???) that I decided to not even bother and just stick to what I know. I mean, daily life’s already as complicated as is; why complicate it further with the stuff I use on my skin?!

Today, I thought I’d share with you my super easy and super simple 4-step skin care routine (powered by St Ives). Seriously, if you have unproblematic skin like I do (blessed, I guess), all you need are the basics!

1. St Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub (I alternate this with the Blemish Control one)

Radiant Skin with St Ives |

My most favorite cleanser! I love how it leaves my skin (and my hands!) feeling smooth instantly and I especially appreciate that St Ives uses 100% natural exfoliants in their cleansers and body washes. While do love my microbeads, I love Mother Nature more and don’t want my vanity polluting our seas.

2. Sea Salt Body Wash

Radiant Skin with St Ives |

I call this my little spa in a bottle. Seriously, it smells DIVINE and I really take my time in the shower with this. I pour a dollop on my loofah and just go to town scrubbing and exfoliating.

3. Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer

Radiant Skin with St Ives |

No kidding, this was my main moisturizer before I started using essential/natural oils. This stuff is GREAT because it really hydrates your skin and leaves it glowing (like legit, I noticed my skin was glowing) and feeling supple. The huge tub is PHP249 and will last you months. Can you say sulit?!

4. Oatmeal and Shea Butter Body Lotion

Radiant Skin with St Ives |

Living in a tropical country means I have to be very picky about my lotion and there are times that I’d rather deal with dry skin than slather on lotion that leaves me feeling gross and sticky. I like that this lotion is non-greasy and is easily absorbed by my skin. I’m not scared to go wild and overboard applying it! It also smells really nice (reminds me of my mom) and is ultra-hydrating.

Are you a St Ives user, too? What are your favorite St Ives products?

*Well, except for my boyfriend and that’s about to change. Last night before bed, he asked me what he needs to get ~beautiful radiant skin~ and GUESS WHO’S GETTING ST IVES FOR CHRISTMAS???

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