Reminders to Myself ; NY Resolutions

Quite honestly, I am not a fan of New Years ever since my Lit teacher back in high school corrupted my brain with all these conspiracies about how inaccurate our calendar is and how no one really cracked the code behind the Mayan calendar.

(No, we are not going to talk about the End of the World and how Nostradamus became the fucking joke of the century.)

So yes, I don’t see why it’s such a big deal to celebrate New Year because when you think about it, each day is like a new year (the first of January is just taking more credit) and if I dont seem like I’m making any sense right now, think of your birthday. It happens every year right? It’s all the same banana we’re talking about; a natural phenomenon that we don’t even notice because we’re all too busy taking selfies and instagram-ing our food.

But anyway, my friend just so happens to have a silvertongue and talked me in to make a short list. I told her I wouldn’t be able to fulfill any of the things I’m going to make, so what’s the use? She laughed, said that I should stop being pessimistic and just write already. Oh well.

So, here goes.

Crystal’s New Year’s Resolution 2014 Edition

  1. Forget the past.

My pessimistic side tells me it’s easier said than done, especially for a person like me who tends to remember every detail of everything a person has done to me. I take grudges and don’t accept apologies that easily. You know why? Because it’s just—it’s really unfair. You let someone come into your life wholeheartedly and think that they’d be a huge part in your life. I don’t make friends to make my circle wider, I make friends because I think they’re special and worth it to have a portion of me in their lives (and vice versa). And then what? They smash your heart, your soul, into tiny pieces and leave before you can even say goodbye. Now that’s just bullshit, right?

So yes, I thought of making this as resolution. I want to forget everyone who tore a piece of my heart and left. Bitter as I might sound, but whatever. I’ve grown tired from crying and coping and reaching out to people I thought I considered as friends.

2. Fix my life

and to “fix” I mean reorganizing things and putting them into the right order. In this case, I’ve already started by clearing up my laptop (reformat) and rearrange the files I have left.

This also includes this blog. Earlier, another friend of mine mentioned that I should post more beauty-related posts and all that jazz. 2014 is  a great start for me to get on with my blog and idk just blog on a weekly basis, if my schedule permits. Hopefully, I’ll be able to tick this off by the end of the year. heh, we’ll see what happens.

3. Build a better me

though personality and morals matter the most, I think it wouldn’t be as bad if I upgrade my self on the physical aspect, right? Yes, I’m talking about slimming down and cutting back on refined sugar and fatty burgers that I love.

My cousin mentioned I should /update/ my cabinet, and I just couldn’t agree more. I also think I might want to do some make up shopping and idk limit my spending habits. Let’s say I’m allowed to shop for makeup once for every three months? Sounds reasonable?

4. Study and get more books for my career

I guess it’s time to get serious with my studies. A year and a half from now, I’ll be an educator and I still can’t believe myself for not investing on books! Ugh.

5. Love

Specifically, love the people I have right now. I love my family, every single one of them, and my friends. I don’t need to look for love, because the love I have is enough.


I guess it’s time to remove my signature scowl and start smiling for everyone. I know, I’m not really fit for the cheerful persona but whatever. I just want to show the world that I’m happy.

So yeah. Here ends my not so exciting list. It’s not really a to-do list like what they’re all doing. Hopefully, I’ll be able to post more exciting stuff here and idk get more audience? 2014, please be my year! 🙂


REVIEW: Etude House Magic Tint Balm in 01

I didn’t realize that I actually have readers who read my make up reviews, even to the point where some emailed me and sent queries regarding some of the products I have reviewed before. I just want to say thank you and I hope I’m not failing you, dear readers ; ^;

To be honest, college life is really dragging me away from blogging so I can’t really promise everyone that I’ll be publishing new posts every week. However, since it’s the Christmas break, I thought I could maybe take advantage of it and do a couple of writings.

Today I will be reviewing what seems to be a natural favorite among EH fanatics. In my opinion, this product should be in every girl’s make up kit whether you’re a beginner or a skilled MUA.

Etude House Magic Tint Balm in 01 Magic Red

according to etudehouseph

Tinted translucent lip balm supplies vitamin E additives to promote and preserve healthy lips.

Actually, I didn’t know about the Vitamin E benefit LOL! So I guess, this really is a pretty great balm! Vitamin E is a common skin care ingredient that does pretty much what antioxidants do. No, I am not going to write a full paragraph on what it does! Basically, it fights against skin cell damage and promotes preserving healthy lips.

The packaging looks pretty simple for me, but it’s not really much of a big problem because at least I know I’m paying for the product and not the packaging! 😉 The thing is though, some would think it’s unhygienic to have it in a tub–and I think so too. In the middle of the day, I wouldn’t want to dip my fingers into the tub because that’s just gross with all of the dirt and grime. It’s not much of a go-to product you can swipe on your lips anytime.


The consistency is somewhat between milky and gel-type. Anyhow, It’s blendable and easy to manage. Since it’s translucent, the balm wouldn’t look to harsh when it’s applied on the lips.

You have to forgive me on this one since I don’t really own an HD type of camera suitable for macro shots. Here is a picture of me with my bare small lips (and haggard face lol! sorry, just got home that time.)

The picture doesn’t give justice to it’s true color, but you can see a difference between the previous picture and this one, right? What’s good about this product is that it’s not “heavy” and looks pretty natural. This balm can also be somewhat a base when applying matte lipsticks! It glides smoothly on the lips and does not have any “hash” flavoring! I noticed it stays pretty long too, and while it fades, the balm leaves a hint of color on your lips!

What I like about the Product:

  • It’s very affordable! For only P198.00, you can have your very one lip tint+balm!
  • Vitamin E Benefit! This will make your lips look less chapped and more healthy
  • Easy to use
  • Readily available in all Etude House Stores/stalls.
  • Lasts long~ appx around 2 hours inside a classroom
  • Serves as a great base for any lip product like lip stains, lipsticks, etc.
  • Lightweight
  • Smells like fresh cherries~
  • No flavoring

What I dislike about the product:

  • unhygienic (need to dip fingers onto the tub)

Will I repurchase? Well, I think this tub will last me for a pretty long time. But if I ever finish it, I’ll definitely get the orange-y variant!

Thanks for reading! More reviews coming, hehehe~ Happy Holidays guys!