Home Inspiration || Bright + Industrial

My bedroom is a testament to how fickle I can be when it comes to decorating. I've changed it so many times that over the years I've accumulated so much decor that used to match the prevailing aesthetic at a particular point in my life. Back in highschool my room was full of color and knickknacks that had too much sentimental value to give or throw away. Fast forward to the present, I'm still borderline hoarder but my bedroom is certainly more streamlined and has less clutter. I've always envisioned a future home that has an industrial feel to it but I never thought you could incorporate that in a predominantly white space. I love this apartment because it does just that-- meld bright with subtle industrial elements. 

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Monday's Five

{coffee = life source}

Pretty thrilled with how last week ended! I was able to catch up on sleep and just stay at home. When I was much, much younger the prospect of just staying at home was boring to say the least-- as I've gotten older however, I find that chill days spent at home for reading, watching series, sleeping in are preferred over going out. Hope you had a great weekend! Have a good week ahead! x

{finally got to watch Cinderella!}

{Distressed white jeans are slowly becoming a summer staple}

{new perfume from my Dad and the comfiest shoes from Charles & Keith}

{Porkchop with my owl pillow}

Skincare Review: Etude House Skin [mal:gem] Emulsion & Nature Republic Bulgarian Rose Essence

I've always been intrigued by the skincare regimen of Korean women because they have the most amazing skin. I've been told that their regimen is extensive to say the least. They take moisturizing seriously and face masks are used on a daily basis. I've tried the nightly face mask routine and it really did wonders for my skin-- it was just getting too costly so I thought I'd cut back on the masks and focus more on moisturizers: Etude House's Skin [mal:gem] Emulsion and Nature Republic's Bulgarian Rose Essence.

An Emulsion is a light moisturizer. Most people with oily skin tend to favor this product because it's usually water-based, giving it a lighter texture. 

I've been using this since December and I love that it doesn't slide off my skin even when it's hot. I'm used to using gel moisturizers so I found the texture to be a bit thick and it takes a while for the skin to absorb the product; but it has really helped keep my face looking supple. Back in December I would just use this during the evenings. There was noticeable improvement when I started using it in the morning, too.

+ reasonably priced; retails for P678 for 200ml. I've been using this daily for close to 3 months now but I've yet to reach half of the bottle
- consistent use yields great results
- no breakouts! works well even with sensitive skin

- the scent might be a turn-off for some
- takes a while for skin to absorb
- I wish they had a pump to dispense the product properly; sometimes when I tip the bottle more than necessary, the product gushes out
- bottle is not squeezable so you might have a hard time dispensing the product when you're nearly through with the bottle

Would I purchase this again?
Yup! I love its effect on my skin. Did not give me any skin problems at all.

{Nature Republic Bulgarian Rose Essence}

An Essence contains the concentrate of ingredients for specific purposes. Most Essences in the market are for whitening, reducing the appearance of pores, wrinkles and fine lines. Similar to emulsions, an Essence is water-y and light-- very similar to a toner although a bit thicker. 

Nature Republic's Bulgarian Rose Essence is one of those products that I bought on a whim. I went to Nature Republic to try their BB Cream and left the store with the Bulgarian Rose Essence as well. Taking the moisturizing regimen up a notch, I thought I'd incorporate the Essence in my skincare routine. The saleslady I spoke with advised me that this can be used for both daytime and nighttime. I consulted that I was using an Emulsion (didn't specify from which Korean brand) and she said it was fine using both. When I quizzed her on which product to use first she told me to put on the product with the thinner texture first. So for my routine, I'd pat this on my face before the Etude House Emulsion. My face is constantly red but I've noticed the decrease in redness a few weeks after using this in the morning and in the evening. 

+ no breakouts!
+ reasonably priced: P255 for a 30ml bottle. The bottle is tiny but a little of the product goes a long way
+  if you love the rose scent, you'll love this. If they made a perfume for the Bulgarian Rose line I'd buy one stat
+ comes with a pump so dispensing the product won't be a problem

- none!

Will I buy this again?
Yup! Although I'd like to try other Essences that Nature Republic offers.

Monday's Five

{costume earrings from Parfois}

The closer the break from work, the busier I get. Broke the record for most Over Time hours clocked in by staying in the office for nearly 18 hours. CRAAAY. Two nights after I clocked in 9 hours. No biggie anymore after staying in the office until 2:30 AM. I had plans for the weekend but I had to change all that because I had to take my mom to the hospital due of stomach flu (she's fine now) and I've been feverish since I got home last Thursday. It had been a pretty chill weekend which is exactly what I needed. Hope you had a great weekend! Have a good week ahead xx

{comfiest and softest Abel Iloco blanket}

{Cravings' Baked fish in olive oil topped with capers, bacon (!!!), toasted garlic and fried shallots}

{Porkchop thinking of a way to reach my earphones-- my third in a year since she chewed on the other two}


Curated Links

1. All you need to know about Dining Etiquette

3. The most fashionable manhole covers in the world. Wish we had something like these in Manila!

4. Fun app that can sketch your #OOTDs

6. Love this app that syncs all my calendars. I need not worry about forgetting birthdays anymore!

Downloads || Do what you Love

Another downloads post! A few weekends ago I had a nagging thought to develop my hobby of doing lettering and calligraphy into something bigger than the notebooks they are currently confined in. Whilst I was doing research on that however, I was able to come up with this wallpaper inspired by what I was feeling at that time. Every grand gesture begins with a small plan and for now I'm taking baby steps to developing my hobby. This has been my wallpaper since the day I made it to remind myself to continue working towards my goals. You can download this wallpaper for mobile HERE.

Mobile Wallpaper || Do What You Love

Bedside Table Styling

The bedside table is not merely a stand for your phone while you doze off. It's supposed to hold all other things that are useful to you before you go to bed and when you wake up. The trick to styling the bedside table is to knowing your bedside habits and designing the table accordingly.

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