I Started Selling On Mercari

Hello lovelies !

How have you been? Last weekend, I started selling on Mercari. To everyone who doesn’t have any idea what it is, Mercari is an app/website where you basically can buy and sell pretty much anything. It provides a hassle-free and secure way for anyone to buy and sell stuff straight from their mobile phone.

If you wanna try to buy through the app, the steps are easy:

1. Sign up using your email or facebook

2. Search over millions of items from clothing, makeup, bags and so much more!

3. Make an offer or buy an item. You will be emailed an order confirmation and you’ll get shipping updates on the app itself

4. Sit back and wait for your items to be delivered on your door. Mercari also asks you to rate the overall product and transactions afterwards, because only then will the buyer get paid.

If you wanna sell through the app:

1. Sign up using your email or facebook

2. Set up your profile: Upload a good profile picture. Add your address and Edit your “My Payments” page on your settings.

3. Quickly snap and upload photos, you can directly do it from your phone.

4. Add a description of the product and set your price

5. Post and wait until your item sells

6. You’ll get notified as soon as someone buys your item. Mercari will then send you a pre-paid shipping label from USPS Priority Mail. Pack your item orderly and attach the shipping label. Continue reading

Starter Makeup Kit | For Combination-Oily Skin

Hii loves ❤ 

Last week, I uploaded a Starter Makeup Kit post where I talked about all my product recommendations for those who have dry skin and want to start with makeup. This time, I will show you all my top picks for those with oily skin. These products are also locally available and affordable.

 Let’s start ! 
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Primer

  • Quick FX No-Shine Mattifier | Absorbs oil to control shine for a smooth, matte finish, conceals fine lines and pores for visibly radiant skin instantly. This primer is from a Korean brand and is such a good steal. It’s very affordable and it does the job really well! 
  • Other options : Rimmel Stay Matte Primer, LOL Primer 

Foundation/ BB Cream 


  • San San Matte Finish Liquid Foundation | You have probably seen this product so many times on my different blog posts. This is just definitely my favorite ! Like super! I have oily skin but this foundation doesn’t make me look like a greesy ball and it has a medium-full coverage, it covers all the major imperfections! 
  • Other options : EB Advance BB Cream, Nichido Two-Way Cake 

    Concealer


    • EB Advance Perfect Eye Concealer | This is my first ever concealer ! And honestly, one of my favorites. It has a creamy consistency and covers the dark eye circles really well. If you don’t have major blemishes, using this product alone would give you a flawless and a very natural looking skin perfect for an everyday makeup look! 
    • Other options: L.A. Girl Pro.Conceal HD Concealer, BYS Concealer Stick 

    Setting Powder | Bronzer 

    • Nichido Final Powder | This must have been the most raved local brand setting powder. I’ve had this for almost a year now and I don’t think i’ve even used half of it. It’s very economical. If you’re into baking, this is perfect as well. 
    • Nichido Beauty Cake in Summer Tan | This is the same product I mentioned on the other post. I don’t know but i just really like using this as bronzer. It stays on the face longer compared to the other local brand bronzers. 
    • Other options: Nichido Pressed Powder, Lewis & Pearl Face Powder, LOL Bronzing Powder, BYS Contour Trio

    Blush

      • Sophie Paris Magic Pink Cream | This is the bomb ! It gives you a natural pinkish glow and hydrates the face at the same time. Despite that it is a cream blush, this would still look great on oily skin! I have the same skin type and I use this product pretty much every single day. 
      • Other options: ELF Duo Blushes, Maybelline Cheeky Glow Blush 

      Eyebrow 

      • EB Advance Perfect Brow Pencil |This brow pencil is perfect for oily skin. I guarantee, it stays on all day. I believe EB has three shades to choose from. 
      • Other options: Maybelline Eyestudio Crayon Brow, San San Eyebrow Pencil

      Eyeshadows

      • San San Single Eyeshadows | These are very pigmented and very affordable. I bought two on sale for only Php60. I super like the packaging. It has a transparent plastic covering which makes it easier to determine the eyeshadow color instantly. 
      • Other options: BYS Matte Eyeshadow Palette, Maybelline Nudes Palette

        Eyeliner

        • Daiso Black Eyeliner | Bought this eyeliner for review purposes and I immediately liked it. It’s not so pigmented at first but what I did is I added few drops of oil and let it stay under the sun for few minutes. It worked like a magic and made the eyeliner very pigmented and now looks very black when applied to the lids. 
        • If you have very oily eyelids, the Daiso eyeliner may not work on you. I recommend getting the Maybelline Hypermatte Eyeliner instead. 

        Mascara

        • Maybelline Hypercurl Waterproof Mascara | I can say that this would be the best choice of mascara to get when you’re just starting with makeup. This one is very black and just makes the lashes really volumized and long. It’s also waterproof and very affordable at only Php149 on sale or Php199/regular price. 
        • Other option: Fashion 21 Double up Mascara

          Lipliners/ Lipsticks

          The following lip products are my favorites. They are all of great qualities.

          • Ever Bilena Matte Lipsticks
          • Shawill Perfect Lip Liners
          • Menow True Lips Lipliners
          • EB Lip Pencils
          • Nichido Lip Pencils


          So that’s everything for this post! I definitely recommend all these products. 

          I hope you all enjoyed reading and found a new product you would love to try! 

          Thank you so much for stopping by !!  

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          My TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DISORDER (TMD)  + Getting Splint and Dental Braces 

          Heyy everyone 💕  How was your weekend?  

          Today, I would like to talk to you guys about Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. This is a problem with the jaw and some face muscles which I have and been struggling with for years now. 

          I decided to write this post because I feel like people need to become more familiar about this condition. Especially those who have been experiencing its early symptoms but not really aware about the disorder, like I was. I’d say it is very important to know something about TMD because having at least small knowledge could actually save you guys from more complications. I didn’t really care if my jaw was hurting before, coz it wasn’t really that bad. But as months went by, the pain that I was experiencing was getting worse so I decided to go to the dentist about 5 months ago and then I was diagnosed with TMD. 
          So I wanna start off by showing you informations about TMD and then later on, I will shortly talk about my experience. How I got the disorder, what caused it, and what are the treatments i’m undergoing. 

          *The following article has been published at WebMD.com 

          Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD, TMJ)
          Your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn.

          Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). But you may hear it wrongly called TMJ, after the joint.

          What Causes TMD?

          Dentists believe symptoms arise from problems with the muscles of your jaw or with the parts of the joint itself.

          • Injury to your jaw, the joint, or the muscles of your head and neck — like from a heavy blow or whiplash.
          • Grinding or clenching your teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the joint
          • Movement of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket of the joint
          • Arthritis in the joint
          • Stress, which can cause you to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth

          What Are the Symptoms?

          TMD often causes severe pain and discomfort. It can be temporary or last many years. It might affect one or both sides of your face. More women than men have it, and it’s most common among people between the ages of 20 and 40.

          Common symptoms include:

          • Pain or tenderness in your face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak, or open your mouth wide
          • Problems when you try to open your mouth wide
          • Jaws that get “stuck” or “lock” in the open- or closed-mouth position
          • Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when you open or close your mouth or chew. This may or may not be painful.
          • A tired feeling in your face
          • Trouble chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite — as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly
          • Swelling on the side of your face

          You may also have toothaches, headaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches, hearing problems, upper shoulder pain, and ringing in the ears (tinnitus).

          How Is TMD Diagnosed?

          Many other conditions cause similar symptoms — like tooth decay, sinus problems, arthritis, or gum disease. To figure out what’s causing yours, the dentist will ask about your health history and conduct a physical exam.

          For further reading about the treatments for TMD, you can click this link ⬇

          http://www.m.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders-tmd

          This disorder is fairly common. Research says 1 out of 4 people have symptoms in the jaw joint at some times in their lives. And of these people, only about 1 out of 20 consult a doctor for this problem. Patient.info

          My Early Years and Diagnosis

          I don’t really know when I exactly started having symptoms of TMD. But I would say I have been experiencing ‘jaw lock’ since High School, I was about 14-15 years old. I wasn’t really bothered that much because I thought it was normal. That everyone experiences it at some point of their lives. My brother also gets popping sounds in his jaw point sometimes so I really thought it wasn’t a big deal. But I was wrong. 

          I don’t know what originally caused me this condition. So I couldn’t really tell the orthodontist what might have been the reason how I got it. She examined my whole face. Made me bite every now and then while she holds two fingers on both sides of my cheeks at my jaw point. She thinks that there has been something wrong with how I bite food. I had a molar tooth removed a few years ago. That tooth is primarily used to grind food during chewing. And because of not having my right molar anymore, in the side of my mouth where I always chew my food, the jaw eventually moved beyond its original place. I also believe that constantly yawning with mouth wide open made my condition worse. And guess what? It even made my face look asymmetrical. This is the main reason why I don’t like having any other person to take pictures of me. As I know my face would look even more asymmetrical, unless I get a good angle. 

          *Having TMD causes you headaches very often. Sometimes, the ears get also affected. Jaw, neck and back pain are some you would often experience as well. It’s a total discomfort for everyday life. 

          * Severe TMD may lead someone to undergo Arthroscopy, a surgery done with an arthroscope being inserted through a small cut in the front of the ear that will help remove inflamed tissue or realign disc. But if Arthroscopy is not possible, an open-joint surgery may be done. 

          Treatments

          There are a lot of home treatments for TMD. Doctors may suggest you to take over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory drugs. These will relieve the muscle pain and swelling. They may also suggest you to use cold packs and do some jaw stretches everyday. 

          Getting Dental Braces and Splint

          I wasn’t given drugs but I was told to avoid extreme jaw movements. I also got dental braces on the upper teeth and splint for the lower to correct my bite problem. The splint was so uncomfortable to wear at first, but I somehow got used to it. It is a plastic mouthpiece that lessens the effect of clenching by putting the teeth to a more correct position. I’m wearing it for 5 almost mos. now and i’ll have it removed next month (doctors require patients to wear it for at least six months) This is how it looks like: 

          Source: nawaratclinic.com

          So far, I’m seeing a great improvement on my condition. I still experience lockings sometimes but they don’t hurt like before anymore. There are just also days when I get major discomfort as I can literally feel the splint repositioning my jaw. This is just actually the initial treatment that I’m undergoing. I’m aware it’s still a long way to go. Treating TMD takes a year or even longer. Anyway, I’ll be updating as soon as I get another type of treatment on December.

          That’s all for now! Do you also experience TMD? I’ve been feeling alone and I’ve always thought like I am the only one who suffers with this disorder. But sure not. I know I have people out there who share the same condition as mine. We’re all in this together. I would love to hear from you! .

          Thank you so much for stopping by! 

          I’ll see you on my next post ❤ 

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          Thank You For 100 Blog Follows !

          Yay. Thank you guys. I finally reached a hundred follows! Only like a century later than everyone else. Haha.

          This may not be a lot to some of you on here with hundreds or thousands of followers, but this is huge for me! I’m so excited to see our community grow and where things go from here. Having readers gives me energy and excitement. So thank you so much to everyone who reads my blog ! You guys are awesome! I really look forward to getting to know ya’ll better.

          As always, I hope ya’ll have a wonderful day. God bless my friends! ❤


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          Starter Makeup Kit | For Dry Skin

          Do you wanna start doing your makeup, but don’t know how? Most of the time, you may find it intimidating to choose among these sooo many products available right now in the market. I feel you. I’ve been there. 

          So for today’s post, I decided to make a list of my top picks and the makeup products I would recommend girls with dry skin to have in their beginner’s kit. These are locally available, very affordable and will help you achieve a day to night or everyday makeup look perfect for college and work. 


          PRIMER 

          • Rimmel Stay Matte | whether you have a dry or oily skin, you will still need a primer. This Rimmel Stay Matte is a must-have . It can be used alone, under or over makeup.  It does a great job in helping your makeup last all day. 
          • If you are not into a matte makeup look or you’re looking for a cheaper option, LOL cosmetics offers one in a good steal. 

          BB CREAM / FOUNDATION

          • FS BB Cream |  an all-in-1 cosmetic breakthrough that has the properties of foundation, to give your face a seamless coverage; concealer, to flawlessly cover all blemishes; moisturizer, to keep your face from dryness; and UV Protection, to protect your skin against harmful rays from the sun. I just love how this BB cream gives you a fresh and dewy look. A must for the ladies with dry skin. 
          • Other option: for heavier coverage you can try EB Pro Flawless Finish Foundation. It is also much cheaper.

          CONCEALER

          • L.A. Girl Pro.conceal HD Concealer | This concealer is perfect for dark circles. It also instantly covers blemishes and dark spots. This is my favorite so far. Hands down. 
          • Cheaper option: San San HD Concealers.

          FINAL/ SETTING POWDER

          • Maybelline Clear Smooth All In One Powder | This powder evens out the skin well. You can actually use it alone as your foundation,  you just gotta make sure you use a moist sponge when applying. 
          • Cheaper option: Nichido Pressed Powder.

          BROWS 

          • Nichido Minerals Precise Eye Pencil | this eyebrow pencil has a creamy consistency and just glides so easily on brows. 
          • Cheaper option: Nichido Brown Eye Pencil for Php36.00/Php60.00 

          EYESHADOWS

          • Doing your eyeshadows is kind of difficult especially when you’re just starting out with makeup. You probably won’t need to wear one everyday but if you want to, I recommend you getting an eyeshadow palette with the neutral shades. BYS Matte Eyeshadow Palette or Maybelline Nudes Palette would be a great choice. 

          EYELINER

          • Shawill Sleak Waterproof Volumizing Eyeliner Pen | You wanna start with an eyeliner with a felt tip. This will help you do a simple or a winged liner so much easier. 
          • Other option: Nichido Liquid Eyeliner. This one has a brush tip.  

          MASCARA

          • DAISO Mascara | Tbh, i’m very impressed with this mascara. It is cheap but it does a great job on lengthening your lashes and making it look thicker. This is also very easy to remove. 
          • Other options: San San Mascara and Nichido Lengthening Mascara.

          BLUSH

          • Careline Blush-on | As obvious as it is, I love using this blush. I already hit the pan. I like how it gives natural looking pinkish glow on the face. The only downside is it has a powdery texture, so don’t use much when applying and do blend it well. 
          • Other options: Ever Bilena and Nichido Blush-ons. 

          CONTOUR

          • Nichido Beauty Cake | You probably won’t need a contouring powder if you already have a slim face guys. But if you are like me who has a chubby face, this is a must. This is originally for base makeup , but you can use it for contour. You can either use a damped sponge or a brush to apply it. I have the shade ‘summer tan’. 
          • Other option: LOL Cosmetics Bronzing Powder

          LIPS

          • NYX Chunky Dunk Hydrating Lippie or Maybelline Color Sensational Lip Color | I’m sure you already have your favorite lipsticks on hands but these are just few that I recommend. Both lippies are amazing. The NYX lipstick in Watermelon Cooler is perfect for a day makeup, while the Maybelline ‘Wine’ lipstick is great for an edgy night makeup look. 
          • Other option: Ever Bilena Matte Lipsticks and EB Advance Matic lipsticks. 

          So that is all what’s up in today’s post ! What are your thoughts about these products? Note that some of them can definitely work on different skin types as well. I just think that the BB cream is really not for oily skin as it gives a very dewy finish, and neither are the eyeliner and mascara would work on very oily eyelids. 

          Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading and found something you would love to try. I 100% recommend all these products.

          Thank you so much for stopping by! ❤

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          A Song For Armaan Malik

          Lovely Thursday everyone! ❤

          As you may not know, I am pure Filipino but I love anything Indian, especially their music. And almost a year ago, I wrote this song dedicated to Armaan Malik. If you guys don’t know him, he’s a young singer from India. I’ve been a huge fan of him for almost four years now and even though I don’t really understand Hindi, I still love listening to him anyway ❤

          I am not singer neither a professional composer, but I made this song and wrote the lyrics from the heart. I just really wanna make Armaan know how much I admire him.

          Listen to the song here : 

          https://youtu.be/VF-8dcM8Erw

          Hard work has paid off.

          I hope you liked it !! Or if you didn’t, please let me know how to improve. Haha 

          I badly wanna meet Armaan guys. If anyone could help me make that dream come true then I would be super grateful, FOREVER !! 

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          VICTORIA Iconic Collection Makeup Kit

          ​Heyy loves! 

          Today I want to show you a makeup kit that my brother sent me for my birthday few months ago. I know this is a bit late but I haven’t really used these makeups that much as it has been in my box for a long time now. And it was just a few days ago that I decided to try out the makeup products and I really liked taking pictures of them. So I also thought, why not make a blog post? 

          Let’s take a look of them goodies:

          The kit is 12×7′ in size.

          The thing is, I did ask my brother if he could gift me makeups but I didn’t expect he would buy me a makeup kit because I even sent him a list of the individual products I want (with the shades of course). And I thought I was gonna receive foundations and eyeshadows from Revlon and all that, but ugh. He said he doesn’t know how shop for those. Thanks anyway, brother! If you’re reading this ❤ 

          Twelve eyeshadows, four blushes, one contouring powder.

          Another twelve eyeshadows and four lipglosses.

          Three shades of Final/Face Powders

          Loose powder.

          Foundation creams/ concealers.

          Two shades with a yellow undertone and one with a pink undertone.

          Three colors of glitters for eye makeup.

          Gold, silver and red.

          A black mascara.

          And a blue one.

          Black eye pencil & Red lip pencil.

          Four shades of lipsticks.

          Pink, Nude, Chocolate and Red-orange.

          And a 13-piece makeup brush set.

          That’s all the products from the makeup kit guys! And that also brings us to the end of this post. 

          I hope you like it ❤

          See you on my next one. 

          Mel xx