Quarantine Karaoke

I literally joined tiktok specifically for Quarantine and I’ve been posting some singing videos on there. Before getting tiktok, I was like what is that? But I have been really loving the music side of tiktok, i can stay on this app for hours.

Quarantine Nails pt. 2 ( Gelish Structure Gel)

This video was on tiktok, I got insecure and deleted it. Anyway, I’ll post it on here to show you that it’s possible to get long manicured nails during quarantine.

Two essential products used are as followed:

Steps:

1) prep your nail using a e-file or regular nail file and you need to just gently create texture to your nails. Don’t file too much or you will thin out your nails and it will hurt bad!!! don’t do it!

2) Cleanse the nails to prepare them for application. If you don’t have a cleanser you can use 70 or 90% alcohol to remove any oils or residue on your nails. This helps any nail glue or gel polish to stay on longer!

3) I used nail tips and filed them to even it out to my nail bed. Then shaped to the length I want. You can use your own nails as well if you like the length of your own nails and would just like to add the structure gel to give your real nails strength.

4) Once you have the nail shape you like, you can go ahead and put a first thin layer of the structure gel and cure it for 45 seconds under a uv lamp.

5) Then apply a second thicker coat and cure it for 60 seconds.

6) cleanse your nails and apply polish of your choice.

I like the structure gel better than acrylic because if you have the uv lamp, you are curing it the same way as you would with shellac polishes.

All products are from Amazon:

Gelish Structure gel – Gelish Gelish structure gel… https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01M0SH4XX?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

Orly Cleanser- Orly Gel Fx 3-in-1 Cleanser 4… https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B005SNOXO8?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

UV LAMP – UV LED Nail Lamp, Terresa 72 Watt… https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07RDGKNDP?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

my old lamp is from Sun UV and works well too- https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07M6VF293/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_PvTSEbPX5RQH8

Overall, I found that this method is easier than acrylic sets especially for beginners. It took me about 1hr 30 to complete, which is not bad. It’s a flexible formula in that you can use your real nails and extend it to desired length or use nail tip. Let me know if you guys tried these out or are interested in trying them out.

Grounding during Covid-19

A few weeks back I wrote how I felt about Quarantine on Facebook. As I have reopened my blog site, I decided to share it here as I wanted to document this crazy time period of life to look back on.

This social distancing, quarantine life sucks for most of us and worse for those who cannot control their environment/living situation. However, through this experience I do believe that life really comes full circle. A sign that earth has had enough of people, it’s had enough of people neglecting each other, for lack of regard to our ecosystem, it’s had enough of people starting wars with each other. Now with this virus, streets are empty with no humans in sight. I’ve seen pictures across the world of animals roaming streets, no pollution because less cars on the roads…my point is let’s all turn this horrible situation into something we can overcome together practicing social distancing and good hygiene, and enjoy the simple things in life.

Let the world heal and let’s heal ourselves too. Love you and take care! Check up on your friends and family with a simple call or FaceTime! we will be alright!

My Online Presence

Note to all my online followers:

It’s so easy to judge someone based off their online presence. If you have social media and use it quite often many fall in the trap of being portrayed as something you aren’t in real life. Please don’t assume a person’s life based on what is being posted online. It may be that I like a particular post or would like to share my opinion on something. Regardless of what the case may be, don’t get caught up in what people post.

I am a private person as much as I do have a social media presence. I just like to post, but please don’t get too caught up in an idea of me or anyone who posts frequently. Yes I am a bubbly person in real life, but I also don’t post my sad or angry days online. If you were to analyze my posts on social media to get some sort of idea of who I am, you might think I’m insane (one minute posting a quote on happy relationships and the next minute I have a really deep quote about self-love). If I like something, I post it. If I want to share in hopes it helps someone, I’ll post it. I don’t have to be experiencing my own problems as I post whatever it is I’m posting.

For the most part, I only share happy moments of my life if I do feel like sharing online. You won’t see anything that is too personal because that’s not what I choose to post. The difference with social media is that you can pick and choose what to post and in real life that really isn’t the case, things just happen (good and bad). You only see half truths so it’s best you go offline and get to know the real person, the old school way.

Peace, love, and happiness always!

 

 

 

 

 

The Comeback

“Make the comeback stronger than your setback”

Lately, I’ve been talking to a few people with similar situations and I thought I’d post about it. It’s nearing the end of 2017 and I just want to impart some of my thoughts on how to handle failure, reoccuring mistakes, and feeling sorry for yourself and my approach to it.

Failure

I am the biggest critic of myself, I have self-doubts, and sometimes I let some of these negative opinions bother me. I also have my fair share on things that let me down. Things I thought would be my saving grace, whether it be financial success upon graduation, being in a stable career, and so on. If there’s one thing I learned from the amount of time I’ve had being 27 is that failure is what will lead you to your true calling and what you are meant for. If it didn’t work out better luck next time. Also, you don’t have to be 13, 27, or 52 to realize this. You can start to realize that failures are just a minor set back to what you are really destined to do right now as I tell you this.

Reoccuring mistakes

If you don’t see a problem, it won’t be solved. If you can’t admit to your own mistakes, you are also partly the problem and the solution (if you choose). I think sometimes we as people need to see that we are all imperfect and we all have a choice. We are imperfect in the way that we all make mistakes. I think sometimes the problem is we tend to fight or develop self-loathe because we want acceptance and love (which is all necessary). Despite all the things you hate about yourself there are many qualities you are and should aim to be. Know you are capable beyond belief to choose and that you deserve self-love and happiness.

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Sometimes we face conflicts with ourselves by comparing or wanting to be something we aren’t to fit in. I think thats when social media is bad. That’s when you need to reevaluate your friendships and your life. Here’s something you can try, if you’re a social media junky like me. Remember back in the day when we didn’t have Instagram or Facebook?

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Rip the band-aid and stop feeling sorry for yourself, you are braver than you think

This is a big issue. If you linger on the problem, you are just going around like a goldfish in a fishbowl. We all have struggles to deal with, but it’s the way we deal with these struggles that are most important. This is where I think experiencing new surroundings, becoming friends with people who have a different culture than you or younger/older than you, and meeting people from all walks of life is much needed and so important.  Whatever it is you are facing, you need to know that you are worth it, you deserve the best life has to offer, and you are not alone. Everything you feel is only human. Let all failures and mistakes make you stronger.

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INSPIRATION SPOTLIGHT:

Muniba Mazari
Muniba has faced adversity with such grace that it reminds us all to cultivate gratitude for the life we live and to stand tall and face our challenges. Sometimes we get lost in things we wish we were or had rather than see what we already have in front of us. She strives to show and encourage us to put our best self forward despite the things that may hinder us along the way. Hear her story below.

Click to see her story HERE

Welcome 2018 in this way. Make your comeback stronger than your setbacks.
“Don’t die before your death. Real happiness lies in gratitude”

Love always,

Bea

 

 

Short hair, don’t care

A day before my birthday, I went back to my regular hair cut. I tried growing my hair out but that didn’t work out for me, so she’s back. Like most people can’t part with their long hair, I can’t part with my short hair. I love this cut because it’s just easier for me and I personally like this length on me more than my longer hair.

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Hi, today marks the 27 years I’ve been on this earth

I was never a fan of throwing birthday parties. I liked going to them, but never really liked the work that went behind throwing one. I think I liked them less as I got older because I knew people couldn’t show up and everyone is on a different schedule. Also, I hated the process of whether to do it at home or outside. If I did it at home, I had to buy decor, set up, prepare food, host, and clean up after. If I did it outside, I had to see what places would be good for a group of friends to go and if there are any places I can book near or on my birthday.

Every year, I did a small thing with just my family. No clubs or debuts (traditional Filipino version of a Quinceañera), no big celebration ever. Boring…I know. I remember Grade 3, I invited my entire class and only one girl came and ever since I just liked having intimate birthday settings. Sounds pretty pathetic, so this year I wanted to change that a bit and get out of my comfort zone.

I reserved a Mexican restaurant Wednesday night and this place that rents out ping pong tables for a group of my friends. Should be fun, but I don’t really know why I’ve been stressing about it. I have this dire need to please people! It’s ridiculous and I shouldn’t feel this way ever. I should just enjoy my birthday with people I like to hang out with. I always think they might think it’s lame. Hosting and entertaining is not really my specialty, so this is new territory.

I am however pretty proud of myself that I actually got the courage to do something out of the ordinary and invite people to my party. I’m pretty nervous and excited. I’ll be sure to post pictures of the event the day after. I’ll let you guys know how it goes.

Here’s me on my 1st birthday party and just like getting super drunk on your 19th birthday….I don’t remember any of it.


How does it feel to be 27?

Shhhhhh….Old. My 20s have been such an interesting time period, well I say this because I don’t quite remember my pubescent years besides hideous fashion choices and poor taste in guys (frosted tips were never a good look).

Any advice?

If you are reading this under the age of 20 or in your 20s, just note that no one is the perfect adult. There is no manual for adulthood, you just wing it…like I did most of my high school days. There are moments you feel like you’ve hit rock bottom and you can’t get out, don’t worry you will get out. Everything just takes time and no one will ever be the perfect adult. Social media can be your enemy at times because people may seem to have their life together and you don’t, that’s not true.

Don’t compare your beginnings to someone else’s middle.

I am the expert at failing things, I fail because I do stuff. I say you should fail and anyone that tells you that failing is wrong, is Satan LOL. When you fail you get better in life and you become stronger. Take risks as cliche as that sounds. Everything takes time and patience. I’ve mentioned in my previous blog post that you should never settle until you’ve accomplished all the things you wanted to do in life. Ever! People will tell you that hobbies can never turn into careers, don’t listen. These days anything can turn into a career with proper execution. Don’t let the doubters kill your dreams and don’t let your own doubt kill your dreams.

Never stop doing what you love and cultivate gratitude. ❤

 

 

 

First Day of Hot Yoga

This year I’ve been bad with my health. I haven’t been eating right, I watch a ton of Netflix (the abnormal amount), I use my phone a lot, I sleep late most of the time, and I’ve been slacking on doing any type of physical activity. In a way I was consciously aware that I’ve been neglecting my health and therefore causing me to stress out, be moody, and it brought out a lot of negative thoughts.

Then I had an epiphany…

I was surfing the web during my lunch hour and found Yoga. HOOOOT YOGA! I’ve heard people talk about how Yoga is great and life changing.

  1. It helps them with joint pains….I have that
  2. It helps with posture….my mom says I have terrible posture
  3. And it makes you sweat out all the bad toxins in your body….I have a load of that, and it overall makes you more flexible and yadi yadi yada

So I whipped out my credit card signed up for this deal of $40 for 30 days. Once you register you can see all the class information, workshops, programs, and you can sign up for classes. UHHH-MAAY-ZING.

Today was my first yoga class. It was an hour long regular power yoga class in a hot room. Basically the yoga instructor walks around and tells you what poses to do (i.e. upward dog, downward dog, etc). I pretty much just followed everyone and most of the stuff she said I kind of had an idea of what they were. Let me tell you this, it’s my first time being in actual Yoga studio/class. I never liked joining workout classes by myself because I found it intimidating and I’m just an awkward human so I felt like people would judge me…IDK. However, I was wrong because everyone was so friendly and it was all around a friendly atmosphere.

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If you are new to hot yoga like myself here are some tips:

  1. Get a big water bottle with a cold drink filled with electrolytes in it (it helps you have more energy through out that hour in a hot room)
  2. Take breaks if you need to because if you don’t, you’ll feel woozy like I did. I can’t deter sometimes if I’m pushing myself too hard.
  3. Bring a towel, you will sweat buckets…SERIOUSLY
  4. I would bring  my own Yoga mat if you have one, if you hate germs and it’s just better…but they do supply mats if you need it

During the cool down they hand out cold towels to put on your head and it’s feels amazing especially being in that hot room. Oh and when you walk out of that room and feel that slight wind….oh baby!

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Despite getting dizzy from the heat for like a minute or so (what an amateur lol), I must say I feel so much better. Like my body feels like it realigned itself. I honestly feel like I can be Spider-Man and can swing thru buildings. My legs/feet used to hurt when I sit for awhile and stand afterwards, but they don’t hurt surprisingly. I also feel like I have more energy now.

If you haven’t tried yoga, I highly recommend it. I just signed up for 4 more classes next week. I feel like this is going to be my new thing!

After seeing half my family experiencing all kinds of illnesses, I took it upon myself to try and change my lifestyle and I’m glad I found something that works. I also enjoy HIIT cardio as long as I have company. I say just get out there and do more for your health, these days it’s so easy to get caught up with the stresses of life or because we enjoy food too or enjoy a lot of the things that make us more tired or negative that we neglect being healthy.

I was always reluctant on joining classes with people, but I did it. These past few months have seriously made me reevaluate myself. I think once you realize something wrong or you feel like you’re not yourself, it could be your lifestyle choices. As you reach your mid 20s, that’s a crucial time to really look at signs and not slack on our health. It was good back when we were 12 and could stuff 10 donuts in one sitting and not look fat, but it’s soooooo much harder to lose the weight you gain from eating out everyday at 26.

So what do I think of yoga? From a scale of 1 to 10, I give it a solid 10.5.

The place I chose is a company called Power Yoga. If you are in Canada definitely check out their website and see the various programs/workshops they offer. They are pretty good over there. 🙂

 

 

Veronica Lodge in the 70s

Hey all,

I wanted to do a series of looks every Wednesday on this blog of TV/Movie Inspired looks.

Growing up, I was a fan of Archie Comics and Veronica Lodge was my queen! People mostly hated her, but I loved her. She had this mystery and girl boss mentality that I was a fan of.

A few months back I got into the Riverdale series on Netflix and it’s one of my guilty pleasures. Besides some of the cheesy anecdotes the show is pretty awesome. For the most part Veronica’s looks consist of structure whether it’s long capes, fitted black dresses, a-lined skirts, minis and pearls. I say she’s a more Vampy Blair Waldorf. Throw in a wine lip colour and your set to rule the school of Riverdale High.

So I decided I’d recreate Ms. Veronica Lodge’s look:

  • top-Uniqlo
  • plaid skirt-Uniqlo
  • structured bag-Aldo

Look is pretty easy and something you probably already have in your closet.

See you guys next time. Leave me suggestions on which character I should create my next look. Thank you for stopping by!

-Beatrice xx

New York, I love you

New York, I love you

What is it about this place? It’s different from any city I come back to. I feel like it’s alive in some way. It has it’s own heart beat. It’s the city that never sleeps.

So much art, architecture, sights, sounds and culture all wrapped into one metropolis, concrete jungle. I love getting lost in big cities, figuring out subway stations, seeing the colourful and eccentric people, and presently experiencing a new place. If you stop and look around you, you will find that by wandering and being “lost” you find exactly what you’re looking for.

Here are some of my favourite places in New York:

1) Central Park

 

2) Buildings, Rocky Feller, and Broadway

 

3) MOMA