Things You Didn’t Know About The Philippines

Things You Didn’t Know About The Philippines

This is a guest post by Mimi

The Philippines is known for its rich culture. It is also abundant in natural attractions like Boracay, Surigao, Palawan, etc. The Philippines has 7,641 islands by itself. It was divided into three island groups: Luzon, Visayas, Mindanao. So Let’s started with THE PHILIPPINES: CULTURAL FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW. 

Living, Migrating, or Visiting the Philippines for the first time is memorable. You would fall in love with its natural attractions and local culture. Once you step up to the ground, all you need to include in your baggage are thin clothes and bottled water because of the hot and humid weather you will experience. That’s why travelers finding good hotel resorts for their stay in the said country. 

CULTURAL FACTS THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW 

Nourishing the “Mano Po,” Opo,” and ‘Po” Polite Culture 

The traditional culture “Mano Po” and using of “Opo” & “Po” is still nourishing nationwide in the Philippines. Mano Po is a hand gesture that derived from the Spanish period. You usually do “Mano Po” by showing your respect to those older than you. (like your grandparents, aunt, and uncle).  

Using Po & Opo is also necessary for traditional culture in the Philippines. When you talk to an older person in a conversation or someone you didn’t know as showing respect. You can add “Po” at the middle or end of the Filipino sentence. “Opo” is used when you agreed with someone with respect. 

They are around 180 languages used in the country. 

The Philippines is known to have two main languages using in their daily interaction for both local and international guests. Both English and Tagalog mainly use for communication which shortens as “Taglish.” Most young professionals preferred it that way. Unlike in many other provinces, they are still using their dialect. 

Some of the Languages: Tagalog, Waray, Bikol, Cebuano, Ilocano, Kapampangan, Hiligaynon, and Pangasinan.  

Birthday Celebrant must buy food for their invitees. 

Every birthday celebrants want to feel special on their birthday. Having fun with family, friends, and relatives comes with a blessing. However, the birthday culture in the Philippines is different. Unlike its neighbor countries, the Philippines has its own birthday culture. In this case, it became mandatory for every person who has a birthday must buy food for their invitees to share their blessings with them for fun. 

It was a tricky purpose, right? However, it was a sign of sharing your gratitude with everyone. 

BOODLE FIGHT OR KAMAYAN FOOD CULTURE 

Boodle Fight is common in Kamayan culture restaurants. When you heard “Boodle fight,” it doesn’t mean literally “fight.” That was considered a food challenge in a food festival in the Philippines. It was popular to the point you must eat your meal in banana leaves using your bare hands. Boodle fight was also one of the anticipated food dining experience of many Local & Internation Tourist coming over from their respected places or country. 

Some food includes in Kamayan Culture are rice & noodles, chicken wings, breakfast meals: tapa, tocino, longganisa, dry dishes, and many more. 

THE PHILIPPINES’ WONDER WITH ITS CULTURE 

Despite the current situation worldwide, The vision of traveling in every country is still achieving like an invisible traveler. If you ever have the chance, visiting the Philippines, all you need to process is your plane ticket since most countries don’t require you to enter with a visa for tourists. Unless you are from these countries, you’ll need to apply for Philippine Visa.  

The Philippines’ Wonder has a lot to offer. You can enjoy different leisure activities in the community while learning the Filipino culture. If you keep wondering why Filipinos are so resilient that is because of their hardworking mindset and keep on smiling despite challenges they take whenever they go. Also, it leads to being hospitable at all times whenever they encounter another person that needs their help like finding the right route or place they want to go, recommending side options to solve the problem of one person with assistance in work, and many more. 

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Mikhaela Alyssa Adarve is a travel management university graduate, who hails in the Philippines. She is a Freelance Model, Language Translator & Digital Creator loves to share her insightful travel tips, honest food reviews, the importance of self-love & raising the awareness of sustainable fashion.

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Books to Inspire your Wanderlust: 01# The Lonely Hearts Travel Club – Destination Thailand

Books to Inspire your Wanderlust: 01# The Lonely Hearts Travel Club – Destination Thailand

I promised myself that in 2021, I’d get back into reading. Doing an 4 year English Literature course can really mess with your reading habits because all you can do when you read books is analyse EVERY SINGLE DETAIL WITHOUT LETTING YOURSELF JUST ENJOY THE NARRATIVE.

So I’ve decided to dedicate some time each week and finally get through my Goodreads list. I’ve always wanted to read more travel books which includes fiction set in different parts of the globe, that-whole-narrative-about -finding-yourself-on-a-trip and just any books about stepping out of your comfort zone and thrusting yourself in another culture. So I’ve set up a little series on my blog where I’ll be reading travel books and reviewing them.

The Lonely Hearts Travel Club by Katy Collins

I was going through the books on my iPhone and this one popped out at me because it was about travelling and it was also free which is always a bonus. I didn’t have any expectations so just went into this blind.

The book is about Georgia. a woman who is jilted just before her wedding from cheater ex Alex. In turmoil, she decides to go travelling to build herself back up. Feeling lost, she books herself onto a tour in Thailand and its safe to say that her holiday gives her a whole new perspective on life. Bitchy girls, a cheating con man and a drunk nipple piercing, Georgia’s trip goes awry at points and her insecurities kick in. Yes the whole novel really plays into the narrative of finding yourself through solo travel. It’s funny, charming and really explores how rewarding solo travel is when you’re at a crossroads in your life.

It really resonated with me because the first time I went solo travelling, I felt lost. Things in my personal life were crumbling and so deciding to study abroad in Australia for a year and then embark on my first solo trip which was, life changing. Georgia comes across mild mannered at the start of the novel but she does have a daring nature which really comes out during her trip. I was definitely taking leaps and bounds to increase my confidence and doing things to bring out my inner extrovert.

Georgia eventually makes it to this fictional resort called “The Blue Butterfly” which sounds like a magical place. I could just imagine the gold beaches, waterfalls and Pad Thai. Katy’s descriptions of the beauty of Thailand really made me wistful for a place I’d never visited. The rustic hut with ocean coloured rugs, the gentle waterfalls and mouth watering delicacies. I’ll definitely be visiting Thailand whenever I can after reading this book. It seems like its the perfect mix of raving and nature which is great for taking things at your own pace – I can’t wait to party at The Full Moon Rave and then nurse my hangover on the beach the day after x

Rating: 5 out of 5.

How to utilise Clubhouse

How to utilise Clubhouse

Hola amigos! Unless you’ve been under a digitally enchanced rock for the past few months you would have noticed that new social media app Clubhouse has been taking the world by storm. The app is invite only and currently only for IPhone users so there’s a whole discourse in the world of social media that Android users are (painfully) unaware of.

The app is unique because of instead text based posting, you solely use your voice to interact with people. You can travel from ‘room’ to ‘room’, listening on discussions about absolutely anything. It’s like being thrown in the abyss but being able to read people’s minds and having constant voices in your head. I didn’t know where I was going with this metaphor to be honest

When I first joined Clubhouse I felt very overwhelmed. It was like jumping into a rabbit hole with so much knowledge you feel like you’d swalled the whole of the internet in one bite. At first I just took the time to get more aware of my surroundings which meant jumping into rooms for short periods of times and then jumping back out again. However, recently I’ve been looking at industry specific rooms that delve into topics such as travelling, comedy or rooms by influencers such as Oloni and Ashleigh. Clubhouse doesn’t have to be overwhelming – here are some tips on rooms to dive into

  • Join Travel talks and rooms to connect with other bloggers

One group I really love is the ‘Girls Love Travel’ group. There are regular talks from a variety of interesting topics from focusing on a particular location or discussions and tips from a variety of speakers including travel agents, nomads, bloggers etc. With such a range of topics its easy to speak up whether you’re recommending restaurants in Lisbon or relaying hostel horror stories.

  • Join rooms from a variety of continents

Travel might be difficult in a panoramic but we move virtually. Clicking that explore page transports you to rooms all around the globe. In a bit to make my workday more interesting, I found myself listening to some nocturnal Americans make idle conversation on the ‘Sleepless in LA’ room which was how I found about the potential legality of psychadelics in LA. (Please don’t quote me on this though)

  • Cure your loneliness by hearing people’s voices

I love Twitter but sometimes it’s like talking to yourself and hoping someone chimes in. However Clubhouse is intimate and cheesy as it makes sure you’re never alone. Sometimes while I’m playing games or just scrolling aimlessly on my phone I put on a random voice just to fill the deafening silence. Need to vent? There’s lots of rooms which encourage people to talk about how they are feeling which is essential in a Panacotta.

  • You can use Clubhouse to upskill

Now this is where things can get overwhelming. When scrolling through my homepage I can see a dozen rooms on topics such as “How to turn your side hustle into a 6 figure job” or “How to retire at 35” etc. You’re submerged in a cannon of knowledge and its easy to get overstimulated. But embrace it. Dip in the room for a bit and then take a break. There’s lots of tips on social media, travelling, mental health, productivity etc.

  • Make your voice heard

I took my time to get discover the ins and outs of Clubhouse and only started speaking when I was ready. Putting myself ‘on the spot’ was a good technique to build up my confidence skills. Choose topics you’re comfortable talking about e.g. I joined a discussion on travelling to Australia as I used to live there in 2016/7. There’s dozens of rooms where you can easily start up a conversation. Just say hi and get the ball rolling.

If you want to follow me on Clubhouse my username is @navvvy

I’m also trying to connect with more people on Instagram and Twitter, please follow me and let me know if you know me from my blog > @naveeshaaa

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Christmas markets on my bucket list

Christmas may have come and gone but this Christmas was probably the least Christmassy I felt due to you know, a whole {redacted] pandemic. I haven’t travelled in over a year and it shows.

I’ve wanted to go to a Christmas market abroad but this looks like its not happening for quite some time so instead I’ve decided to write a blog post about the ones I want to visit in the future .

This blog is a collaboration with Karen.

Brussels

I picked Brussels because lets face it, who doesn’t want to walk down those pretty streets while munching on some delicious Belgian waffles. The glorious skating rink pulled me in at first and I ignored the fact that I can’t ice skate to save my life. A dazzling sound and light show is projected on the towering Grand Palace forming the perfect backdrop to admire the scenery and snap that photo with your bae more waffles

Quebec

The city that is permanently covered in a blanket of snow seems like an amazing place to take a trip to in December. With a German theme, there are a selection of delicacies such as mulled wine, Bratwurst and gingerbread. Choir singing and 90 wooden kiosks, theres plenty to do here and apparently the Alpine Chalet is the place to go if you’re a foodie.

Drusden

There’s nothing like exploring a Bavarian wonderland like Striezelmarkt to get your dose of Christmas spirit. There’s lots of booths to get some handmade crafts if you’re running out of present ideas. Try some glühwein (mulled wine) or Christstollen (fruit bread). There’s lots of delicacies here if you’ve never tried German food. There’s also a grand Ferris wheel to take in the glorious views of Drusden.

Karen’s recommendations:

Japan

Japan holds a place in my heart and Tokyo is a city that leaves me in awe and fascination by the merge of ancient traditions with mesmerising futuristic technology. I’d love to head to Tokyo for their Christmas markets, not so much because of their German beer and gluwein influences but because of the unique light displays thay really do make the city magical at Christmas. One I have my eye on is the Tokyo Skytree Dream Christmas with the fourth floor garden packed with illuminations too

New York City

New York City at Christmas has been an absolute dream since I first watched Home Alone as a child. From ice skating to the parades, it really does hold all the dreams of a magical Christmas. Each year Grand Central Terminal holiday fair is one of the biggest markets in NYC, packed with vendors selling toys and gifts in Vanderbilt Hall. If I make it to New York City at Christmas I will definitely be heading that way!

Croatia

Croatia is on my bucket list for any time of year, but I have heard the Zagreb Christmas market is the place to head for the ultimate Christmas experience. With street music, stalls, performances and spectacular illuminations, it really promises to be all the Christmas magic you dream of for all the family to enjoy, from the smells of the sizzling foods and spices through to the sounds of the live music.

Hope you enjoyed our bucket list! Please comment if you have more ideas 🙂

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Best entertainment of 2020 Pt 2

If you haven’t seen my last post about the Best Entertainment of 2020 you can read it here. This is the second part, focusing on TV shows and movies.

This is a collaboration with Karalee

Karalee’s picks:

Movies

Enola Holmes

Enola Holmes is about Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister who searches for her missing mother. I love the cast especially Millie Bobby Brown as Enola and Henry Cavill as Sherlock, and the movie was entertaining. I hope they will make more Enola Holmes movies in the future!

The Grinch

I watched the animated version of The Grinch last month with my daughter, and we both liked it. She thought it was funny, and I enjoyed the animated style. The Grinch is a great family-friendly film.

To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You

I loved the book and movie To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, so I was excited to watch the sequel. In the second movie P.S. I Still Love You, Lara Jean and Peter make their relationship official, but another recipient of her old love letters shows up. Like the first book and movie, this movie has a cute plot and a great cast.

13th

13th is a documentary that explains how the 13th Amendment of the US Constitution led to the criminalization and mass incarceration of blacks. Even though the 13th Amendment abolished slavery, there was a clause that permitted involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime. Many of the newly freed slaves were arrested for very minor crimes and forced to work on the plantations again as punishment. The documentary explains other forms of suppression including the Jim Crow laws and the war on drugs that targeted minority communities. The documentary is helpful in explaining why Black Lives Matter today because there is still criminalization and mass incarceration of blacks.

TV Shows

The Circle

I watched The Circle at the beginning of 2020, and in The Circle, people live alone in apartments and compete for $100,000 by communicating solely through the social media platform – The Circle. The Circle is entertaining, and it was interesting to see if the catfish would be found out and sent home. I recommend watching this series if you like reality shows.

Nailed it!

I LOVE Nailed It! and every time a new season is added, I binge watch it. If you have not watched Nailed It! it is a baking competition where amateur bakers who are not that good at baking compete to win $10,000. There are now 4 seasons of Nailed It! and 2 seasons of Nailed It! Holiday, which I would definitely recommend watching!

Tiger King

Tiger King is a true crime documentary that was released at the start of lockdown and I binged watch the whole series. The series follows Joe Exotic, who is the former owner of a private zoo for big cats, Carole Baskin, who runs Big Cat Rescue, and other eccentric big cat owners. The series is wild and perfect if you like documentaries.

The Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy has 2 seasons, and it follows the seven children with superpowers who were adopted by billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves to help save the world. Over time, the members of the Umbrella Academy disbanded, but following the death of their father, the six surviving members reunite. The plot is interesting and a mix of superhero, action, and drama genres. I also love the cast including Elliot Page and Robert Sheehan.

Unsolved Mysteries

Unsolved Mysteries is a true crime documentary with 12 episodes that are about disappearances, horrific deaths, and paranormal encounters that are unsolved. My favorite episodes are “A Death in Oslo” and “House of Terror”, but all the episodes are interesting and terrifying.

My Picks:

TV Shows:

The Queen’s Gambit

A show about an award -winning chess player doesn’t sound that interesting but this I couldn’t take my eyes off this show. Orphan Beth Harmon navigates her life after being struck down with tragedy at a young age. As she battles addiction, her love of chess helps us her to come alive again as she meets an assortment of people on her journey to becoming a world-famous chess champion

Black Mirror

There’s nothing like a bit of satire to help you escape. However, it doesn’t help that 2020 was a bit like a full season of Black mirror complete with the horror fantasy elements. This show is perfect if you want to unwind and travel to the future, but be warned each episode will leave you with a nasty taste in your mouth after it ends

Bojack Horseman

An adult comedy about a cartoon horse who suffers with addiction and being both a narcissist but also relatable? This show is incredibly real about mental illness and worth a watch if you want to both laugh and cry at the same time.

Ratched

Think American Horror Story vibes. A dark drama about Nurse Ratched who is played by Sarah Paulson. The hospital she works at is famous for trying out new experiments on the human mind. There’s something about psychiatric hospitals in the mid 1900’s which screams both fascinating and horrific.

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Best Entertainment of 2020

I’ve been super busy so I apologise for the late post but here’s my second part of the ‘Best of 2020’ series collaborating with the lovely Karalee. See my beauty picks here.

Video Games

The Last of Us 1+2

If you haven’t played this amazing video games series, then you’re missing out. The graphics are amazing and what could be more cathartic then taking out your lockdown frustrations on some zombies and villains? In post- apocalyptic America Joel and Ellie fight off cannibalistic creatures in their quest to smuggle Ellie to safety. This isn’t just an ordinary zombie killing game though, expect to have your heartstrings tugged as secrets come to life. The second instalment is just as gripping as the first and gives us the plot through two main protagonists. You won’t be able to put it down.

Spiderman

If you’re a Marvel fanatic, then you’ll love this game. Spiderman has always been my favourite super- hero! You get to play against all the old villains such as the Kingpin, Rhino, the Shocker etc. The graphics are visual perfection. I recommend playing this game to let off some steam because there’s nothing like KO’ing some bad guys to cheer yourself up

Any Super Mario Game

I don’t care if I’m over ten, these are the Holy Grail of gaming. Yes, you have a man but would he ever fight literal dragons in hundreds of castles to save your ass? If you didn’t play these games you definitely didn’t have a childhood because there’s nothing better than some good old platform gaming.

The Sims 4

Shockingly, I’d only played The Sims via a free version on Facebook before. To say the graphics were terrible was an understatement. I upgraded by downloading the Oracle version and spending hours building my perfect family. It was also super cathartic as I could cause drama between couples and the downloadable mods were a gamechanger. It was easy to make my characters drug addicts and have chaotic messy personalities.

Karalee’s favourites

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

I have been playing ACNH since March, and it is still one of my favorite games to play. In ACNH, you move to a deserted island where you can decorate your house and the island, DIY and customize furniture and clothing, visit friend’s islands as well as mystery islands, fish, plant, catch bugs and sea creatures, find fossils, and complete quests. I love all the new updates and events that have been added, and I am looking forward to the next update. Also, my daughter has her own home on my island, and we have been playing together, which has been fun. ACNH is a great casual game to play.

Life is Strange 2:

Life is Strange is one of my favorite game series, and like the previous games Life is Strange and Life is Strange: Before the Storm, this game is episodic in that there are 5 episodes to play through. In LiS2, you play as Sean Diaz who runs away from home with his brother Daniel after a tragic incident, and throughout the episodes, you make decisions that impact the brothers and the ultimate ending of the game. I finished playing all episodes of the game, and I loved it, but I do think the previous two games were a bit better. With that said, LiS2 is worth playing. Before you play LiS2, I do recommend playing The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit. This game is a free short game where you play as a 9-year-old boy and his super-hero alter-ego, Captain Spirit, and it ties into LiS2.

Nancy Drew:

During the summer, I replayed and ranked Every Nancy Drew PC Game by Her Interactive, and there are a lot of great games. In the games, you play as amateur detective Nancy Drew, and you solve different cases including investigating a ghostly horse in The Secret of Shadow Ranch and investigating a fashion designer in Danger by Design. The games are fun, and I loved playing them.

Planet Coaster:

In Planet Coaster, you build and manage your own theme park. There are different modes to play including Career mode that provides you with pre-established parks and you complete challenges in that park. My favorite mode is Sandbox because you can create the theme park of your dreams with no limitations on money. I recommend playing Planet Coaster if you enjoy tycoon games.

The Sims 4:

I have been playing The Sims since the original game, but I have never played with mods or custom content until 2020. I have made a list of My Favorite Sims 4 Mods and Custom Content, and they really do make the game more fun. I especially love the Slice of Life mod because it adds realism including more emotions, skincare, and sicknesses to the game. As far as expansion packs, I recently bought Snowy Escape, and I love the Japanese-inspired setting and all the new items. If you play The Sims, I recommend playing with mods and custom content and checking out the latest expansion pack!

Books

I’m a massive bookworm and have the ability to devour book after book easily…but this year I didn’t read as much as I normally do. Being in a pandemic really does affect your concentration eh? However I’ve set myself a reading challenge this year on Goodreads! So here are Karalee’s choices instead:

Karalee’s recommendations

Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwauba: This book is a fictional account of a girl who was kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram in Nigeria and is forced to follow her captors’ radical beliefs. The book was emotional, and I did not know about Boko Haram before reading this book. Also, from the girl’s account, it seems like Boko Haram existed in a different time period, but in 2014 Boko Haram kidnapped 276 girls in Chibok and the terrorist group is still presently active. The book also includes an afterword by Viviana Mazza who is a journalist and documented the real stories of women and girls who were kidnapped by and rescued from Boko Haram. Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree is not a light read, but it is eye-opening to the atrocities going on in the world. 

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson: Brown Girl Dreaming is the third book I read by Woodson, and it is about her own childhood in South Carolina and New York. Brown Girl Dreaming is an insightful read because Woodson shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s after the Jim Crow laws were overruled, but racial issues remained.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds: Long Way Down is a short read about a boy deciding whether or not to murder the man who killed his brother in a gang related shooting. Long Way Down was a good read because it is a reminder to think the next time you consider someone a thug and to show empathy instead because you do not know their circumstances.

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen: I reviewed The Rest of the Story on my blog, and it is about Emma Saylor whose dad remarries and leaves for the honeymoon so she spends the summer with her mother’s family who she has not seen since she was a little girl. Throughout the summer, Emma’s identity feels divided between her father’s and her mother’s families. The Rest of the Story was a nice summer read that focused on family and identity, butI did find the plot slow at times.

You can check out Karalee’s blog here.

“My name is Karalee, and I from Texas, but I currently live in Denmark. On my blog Tales of Belle, I write about beauty, books, and lifestyle”.

You can follow me on Twitter and Instagram: @karaleecupcake

Best Beauty Picks of 2020

Best Beauty Picks of 2020

I know it’s no longer 2020 and the ‘Best of…’ posts should have been posted by now but I’m a procrastinator so what do you expect? I collaborated with the amazing Karalee for this post and one other post about our 2020 favourites.

I’ve always loved make up and skincare but I wouldn’t call myself a connoisseur. However this year I felt inspired to really up my game and watching YouTubers and Instagrammers apply their favourite products and paint their faces to feel pretty despite all the chaos of 2020. Here are a few products I bought and loved this year:

Make up

Revolution Forever Flawless Ice Palette

I really wanted a Blue eyeshadow palette to create some icy looks and this palette looked amazing and affordable. There were a few mint toned shades which I’m looking forward to experimenting with. I’ve seen some gorgeous blue and silver looks and I really want to recreate them.

Fenty Highlighter Killawat in shades Ginger Binge and Moscow Mule

My friend Adi bought me my first Fenty product. this gorgeous highlighter which comes with two shades: a lovely rose pink colour and a dazzling glittery version. It doesn’t disappoint and started my obsession with Fenty.

Mac Liquid Lipstick in shade Frickin’ Brilliant

I picked this lipstick up in a MAC sale after spotting the shimmery red tones and knowing I needed to buy it. It does require a lot of touch ups as it doesn’t have a long lasting coverage.

Karalee’s picks

Juvia’s Place The Berries Eyeshadow Palette

I bought this palette for myself for my birthday, and I love it! The palette has 6 berry shades in matte and shimmer finishes, and I used it for my Dark Alice Halloween Makeup Look. The shades have good pigment, and there is minimal fallout, which makes it a great palette.

Juvia’s Place Warrior 3 Eyeshadow Palette

The Warrior 3 Palette has 9 bright and colourful shades including 7 mattes and 2 shimmers, and I used it for my Summer Sunset Makeup Look. The shades have good pigment, but unlike the previous The Berries palette, this palette has more fallout both in the pan and on the face. However, it is still a good palette for those that love colourful eyeshadow.  

OPV Beauty Rainbow Splash Palette

The Rainbow Splash Palette is another colourful palette with 20 shades including 11 mattes, 8 shimmers, and 1 metallic. I used the palette in my Draw My Makeup Challenge. The shades have good pigment and barely any fallout, which makes it another great eyeshadow palette

Uoma Beauty Black Magic Carnival Lipstick in Trinidad

The lipstick is a bold pink shade with a shimmer finish, and I used it in my Summer Sunset Makeup Look. I love the pink shade, but it is more on the sheer side and needs to be built up to have even coverage.

Uoma Beauty Stay Woke Concealer

I needed a new concealer after my Tarte Shape Tape concealer ran out, and the Uoma Stay Woke Concealer does not disappoint. It is full coverage and comparable to the Shape Tape. The concealer also lasts all day without creasing. However, the only downside is that the concealer is a bit expensive.

The Original MakeUp Eraser

In my Eco-Friendly Beauty Products post, I shared my love for the MakeUp Eraser, which is a reusable polyester cloth that removes all makeup with just warm water.The regular MakeUp Eraser is a large size, and I can use it for several days before washing it with the rest of my laundry. The MakeUp Eraser is a great eco-friendly alternative to using makeup wipes and cotton rounds for removing makeup.

Skincare

The Ordinary’s Caffeine Solution

I was desperate to find an affordable product that would sort out my overwhelmingly dark under eye circles and hyperpigmentation. I’ve been using this but can’t tell if there has been an improvement or not yet!

Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser

This cleanser is perfect for sensitive skin and has a lovely smell too. So far, I’m loving Glossier’s range. I want to try the make up next, especially the Cloud Paint.

Liz Earle

My friend introduced me to Liz Earle last year and I haven’t looked back. I received a set of products for Christmas and I’m looking forward to using it, especially the Skin Tonic and the Eyebright Lotion which leaves my skin hydrated and soft. The price tag isn’t cheap but you gotta treat yourself sometimes!

Karalee’s Picks

Balance Me Congested Skin Serum

After I finished the Balance Me Vitamin C Repair Serum, I decided to try their Congested Skin Serum again because it is suitable for oily, acne-prone skin. I tried the serum years ago and reviewed it in an Empties post, and I love it. The serum helps control the oiliness of my skin without drying it out, and it is a vital part of my skincare routine.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion

I have been using this moisturizer in the morning for almost a whole year because it is suitable for oily, acne-prone skin. The lotion does not make my face feel sticky and instead it helps keep my face shine-free, and it does help reduce breakouts. The Mattifying Lotion is a great daily moisturizer for those with oily and acne-prone skin.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion

After I used The Body Shop Tea Tree Mattifying Lotion for several months, I decided to try their Night Lotion. The Night Lotion is like the Mattifying Lotion, but it is thicker and helps reduce the appearance of blemishes overnight.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Mattifying Toner

This toner is another tea tree product from The Body Shop that I have been using for a while because it is suitable for oily skin. I use the toner in the morning and evening and it removes any residue and prepares my skin for the remaining steps of My 10 Step Korean Skin Care Routine.

Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème

As part of my skin care routine, I also use the Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Crème. The main problem I have with my under eye area is with dark circles, and the eye cream does reduce dark circles and preps for under eye concealer, which makes it great to use every day and for when I wear makeup.

You can check out Karalee’s blog here.

“My name is Karalee, and I from Texas, but I currently live in Denmark. On my blog Tales of Belle, I write about beauty, books, and lifestyle“.

Find me on Twitter and Instagram: @Karaleecupcake

Christmas 2019 vs Christmas 2020

Christmas 2019 vs Christmas 2020

If I had a pound for everytime someone told me that Christmas won’t be the same this year I’d have enough to book a holiday to the Maldives.

Christmas last year:

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Christmas this year:

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In Christmas 2019, I was with my extended family, eating and drinking merrily and playing Monopoly. Presents were exchanged. I got to see my little cousins all excited about receiving the latest new gadget or a sparkly dress. I got to complain to everyone how disgusting brussel sprouts were (Don’t try and change my mind please!) and peel vegetables like it was a communal activity rather than a chore. A flurry of Christmas crackers, dazzling jumpers and talking over Eastenders, it was truly Litmas.

Flash forward to Christmas 2020, we try and keep the same traditions but without the hustle and bustle of all my cousins running around and the adults talking and drinking, it just isn’t the same. There’s less washing up, less food and less chatter. Christmas is Christmas but with a tinge of sadness. I just want to fast forward until Rona has left the building…

 

How was your Christmas? Let me know!

Best moments from Netflix show ‘The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives’

Netflix released a show titled ‘The Fabulous Lives of Bollywood Wives’ and it sounded fascinating, terrible and my next guilty pleasure. Produced by the titular Karan Johar, a household name in producing Bollywood movies, I knew the reality would be juicy and I wasn’t mistaken. Was it cringy and terrible? Yes. Did I sit through all 8 episodes and laugh my head off? You bet. Indian women are melodramatic, hilarious and you often have to take their words with a pinch of masala as seen by all the Indian serials my mum watches and sponsored the the infamous Pooja meme:

About the show

The show focuses on four Indian socialites: Maheep Kapoor, Bhavna Pandey, Neelam Kothari and Seema Khan. It follows their day-to-day lives as they argue excessively, complain about everything and balk in a lavish penthouse in Doha. What’s not to love? Here are the funniest moments

The Beach clean-up

After Maheep organises a beach clean up, I nearly snorted with laughter when Bhavna chose to hear heels in lieu of some comfy wellington boots. The other women found this particularly amusing although this was drowned out by how much I wanted to tear my hair out watching them attempt to do something that didn’t involve a superficial activity. Maheep protests after finding a condom and it almost turns into a crisis until they realise that it is in fact a glove.

Karan Johar stirring the pot

I only realised Karan Johar was the producer of this show when he participated in a lunch with the girls and effectively began stirring the pot. After a few guided questions from him, storm Karan led the girls into a catfight on camera. Karan seems to have a penchant for melodrama and misunderstandings as I could tell from his movies so it seemed only natural he’d cause a commotion on his own show!

Arguing about nothing

Most of the time when fights happened on the show. I’d be sitting there like via GIPHY They had an argument about whether being called a ‘MILF’ was a compliment or not for God’s sake.. Most of the conundrums on the show were linked to dilemmas which could probably have been resolved within a few minutes rather than being dragged out. If anything this showed me that Bollywood, like Hollywood, is entrenched in bitchiness and catfights galore. Think the Kardashians but in Mumbai.

The Glamour

I may have moaned a lot about having to see a bunch of socialites get botox but in reality, I live for seeing the glamour of Bollywood, thirst over the outfits and get to see them take on Doha on a ‘Girls Trip’. Snapshots of luxury Mumbai also had me wishing I could just teleport to India and splurge on some designer saris. Have you seen the show? Did you enjoy it? Let me know x

I can’t wait to walk down the Aisle…

I can’t wait to walk down the Aisle…

That is,the airport Aisle. (sorry for the clickbait)

Who needs a chapel when you have the luxury of running to your gate because you woke up late  want to get there nice and early. Getting that smooth boarding pass printed out and then instagramming it (without personal details of course because GDPR) for everyone to see that you’re on a Emirates First Class flight to Dubai…or a Ryanair Super Economy to Prague (a flight is a flight, everyone should be jel).

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I need that pre flight Corona (the beer, to clarify) and a Full English breakfast. I need to stop salivating because damn, could really use them right now. I haven’t been abroad in just over a year and if you check my internet history it’s full of Skyscanner searches and travel blogs. I have no holidays booked at the moment but that doesn’t stop me bookmarking people’s Instagram posts to my folder aptly named ‘Wanderlust’, original I know. It doesn’t help that London is cold and dreary at the moment and waking up in complete darkness doesn’t help at all. I’m envisaging my next holiday to be an all inclusive at the beach kinda holibae where all I do is sip cocktails and complain about the heat while basking in it anyway.

I don’t know when my next trip will be but I am miserable and need a holiday asap. I kinda wanna wait until things get better or we get a vaccine or both. My mental health is a bit of a sorry state at the moment and I really think even a few days in a new city just lapping up that holiday glow is needed.

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Are you going on holiday or have you already been? Let me know in the comments!