Animal Crossing: New Horizons – What I’m All About Right Now

I am not a gamer. I would rather watch someone playing from behind cause I easily get afraid and get sad if I die in the game – die not lose.

I finally got my hands on the popular Animal Crossing: New Horizons (AC) on 21st of March. Mine came with a free Tom Nook key ring. I didn’t know what I was signing up for because I am not a gamer although I have a Switch. I have heard of the game but I have not looked into it. I just know that the game is cute and popular.

The game will ask for your name and to name your island. I was so convinced that I will be playing alone and will not be going to play with other players so I put  my name as ‘tots’ – this is what my partner calls me and he got the game for me. I did not realize that there is an uppercase feature for that so my name is just lower case tots. LOL I was caught off guard when Tom Nook asked me what to name my isle, so my brain went running around to name my island. The best I came up with is ‘crossy’. For some reason, I keep on associating Crossy Roads, a mobile game and Animal Crossing. I am regretting this now, especially when I look at my Passport page as it says tots and crossy. I thought of correcting that but it means I have to re-start my game but I do not want to do that. Hindsight, I would have been Janine or Ja and my island’s name would be Kokomo (that song by the Beach Boys) or just Pear Town (my isle’s native fruit).

Two weeks into playing the game, I was playing alone and regularly used my Nook Tickets to go to Mystery Islands and get more resources. During the earlier days of me playing AC, I just did the basic playing where I mainly talked with  my OG villagers – Biff and Plucky. When it unlocked the gifting interaction it made me want to talk to my villagers more as I enjoyed giving gifts to them. I noticed they do not like getting footwear so just hold onto them. I remember giving Biff a flower and the next day he put it on display and that started my never ending friendsgiving with my villagers. I also love Saturdays as it means that K.K Slider is on my island.

I then joined a Facebook group for AC in NZ to which I learned a lot of things that you can do in AC. For a new AC player like me, it is a good idea to join this group as you will get to interact with other players. I learned that there is more to cutting trees and talking to the cute villagers in the game. I learned how to make a fortune of bells in AC through the stalkmarket. Shout out to Shivs. If it wasn’t for the turnips, I wouldn’t be able to get a 2.4 mill bells of mortgage from Tom Nook. Also, I ended up playing and interacting with other players which is fun. One of my favorites is Celeste where she gives you these magical DIYs. I also like wishing upon the stars.

4.000 worth of turnips every Sunday

Suddenly, my isle got all of its 10 villagers to which 2 had already left but replaced. Right now, I have Plucky, Drago, Victoria, Ava, Biskit, Ellie, Vic, Gigi, Queenie and Tex on my island. I lost Quillson and Biff as they wished to move somewhere else and of course I have to set them free. 🙁

Biff leaving Crossy

I am not a gamer yet this game made me stuck on my couch throughout the lock down period. I just checked my Switch and to date I have spent more than 230 hours playing AC – that is a big deal for me. This game made me sort of a gamer and gave me more reasons to stay at home. I love everything AC.  See you and take care always.

K.K Slider

My Working From Home Experience – 1st Week

This Monday (22.03.2020), the New Zealand Government announced that the country is going into lockdown. During this time, I have been working from home and just trying to be more productive even though it is hard. I am honestly grateful that I am given the opportunity to work from home but a lot of people’s lives are affected.

I was so excited to be doing this for the first time so I bought an extra office table to be more comfortable. Also, the next morning I was looking forward to turning on my laptop and doing work. I got to eat my breakfast without rushing while watching the news. I also did heaps of cleaning in my kitchen as it helps me feel relaxed.

To be honest, I fell off track during my first week of working from home. Not factoring in the technical problem that I encountered, I think it is because I changed my working hours drastically. Before the lockdown, I was working from 6:30 am to 2:30. Working from home meant that there is more flexibility so there were days that I started at 9 am or 10 am. At the end of the day, i felt more tired than usual and felt so sluggish.

Though I was able to do a good amount of work, I still feel unproductive and it made me feel guilty and ashamed. 

I will be switching things  up next week. I will update what steps I have done to be more productive while working from home.

There is a lot of uncertainty and panic going on at the moment. I am thinking about my family and friends in the Philippines during this time. All that we can do is to stay at home and there is not much that we can do.

I decided to take this time as a self improvement opportunity and get to know my deeper self as I cannot go outside. 

I hope that you are all safe and I wish you take this time as another opportunity to spend time for yourself, family and people that you care about. Stay safe & sending so much love. 

My Low Buy/No Buy Intention

Come 2020, I realized that my space is cluttered with clothes and makeup. My closet is not so pleasing to look at because of clothes. I have done 4  major decluttering or purge on my clothes and makeup last year still, I do not look forward to opening my closet and tallboy.

Secondly, I also realized that when it comes to shopping, I always get carried away. When  I shop for clothes or makeup – I always get things in multiple. If the item comes in white and blue then I will grab white and blue. During my down time, I will go to the shops and browse things and end up doing a shopping haul. When I am on my phone I do ‘screen shopping’ where I put things in my shopping cart and all most every time I hit the purchase button. Whenever a favorite YouTuber raves something that they like, yes – I would rush to my laptop or to the shop to get them. The thing is, there is always that guilty or  that empty feeling after getting those purchases. Thinking about it now, I am not proud of it. I guess I am maturing and I am getting better with my money. My goals also shifted. I am now more focused on saving up for my first house and also more travels outside New Zealand. I know that these things will provide me more joy and will make me feel successful and more accomplished rather than having things that will expire or I will outgrow and that will clutter my space.

Yes – I will still be buying things only when needed. I will be more mindful. Below are the questions that I ask myself if I am tempted to get something. I got some of these questions from the book “The Conscious Closet” by Elizabeth L. Cline, but others I made myself!

1. Do I need this item?

2. Is it ethical/sustainable?

3. Do I already own something like it?

4. Could I/would wear this item everyday? If not, is it an occasion item I could use repeatedly?

5. Where will I wear it and how often?

6. What does this go with? How many new outfits can I create using this piece? (Should be at least 3-5)

7. Do I need to buy more to be able to wear it?

8. Is it in neutral, classic, or versatile color(s)?

9. Could I wear this item in 10 years?

10. Does it fit exactly how I want it to?

11. Does it look exactly how I want it/need it to?

12. Is it comfortable?

13. Is it special?

14. Do I love it?

15. Do I feel like myself? Does it fit my personal style? Or does it just represent someone else’s style that I admire?

16. Am I at peace with this item?

This January, I am happy that I have not purchased anything that I do not need and I intend to keep on going. Will you also be doing a low buy challenge this year? I will be doing an update from time to time here. Thank you and see you.

It is Never too Late to Start – 1 Minute Read

#newyear #goals #inspiration

“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale

The 31st of December each year always makes me feel pensive on what it is about to come in the year that is about to start. Questions such as “Am I on the right track?”, “Do I like what I am doing?” or “What can I do to achieve those goals?” certainly enter my mind. Is it too late to start to do something that we like or passionate about?

When I was 17 years old, I did not know what degree should I study but I had to make a quick decision because enrolment was about to start. I chose Psychology in the end because I have always been interested in medical science. I did enjoy my pre-med studies and it took me 4 years to complete it (I was 20 years old when I graduated). Still, I did not know what to do and apply for jobs that are not related with my qualification. I was 24 years old when I moved to New Zealand and got a job in the retail. 

I remember I told a couple of friends that I would like to study communication in a New Zealand university and both replied that it was a  nice idea but will take up so much of my time. I have to say that I did get discouraged and did not want to continue my plans. Fast forward to 2018, I have discovered what I would like to do and I do intend on going back to school and do it. I got sucked into the “I wish I could go back in time and made this decision” path of thinking. 

Fast forward to 2018, I know what area to study and I know that this will keep me interested and be beneficial for my future. I intend to study and be certified with this profession and it is okay that it took me a while to figure out what I am passionate about.

Going back to the quote above, I would like to inspire you to not get discouraged on what you want to do and achieve even if it means going back to school to get that skill or get certified with that skill. Time will pass anyway so why not spend doing it with something that you love. Maybe you are 35 years old now and you realized that you would like to be an engineer and it may take you 5 years to get certified but having the knowledge that when you retire at around 65 years old, you would already have 25 years of industry experience. The 90 years old you won’t tell you that they wished you did not take up time to acquire that engineering certification or that you were right for playing it safe. I know that it is easier said than done because we are afraid of change I feel that and we have financial and familial obligations. When I reflect on the above  I know that starting something new will make me happier and I know that I am making the right decision.

I hope that you had a good holiday and may all your dreams and goals this 2020 will come true!

What I Got This Christmas

Christmas is my most  favorite season ever. The season makes me feel how blessed and grateful I am to have what I have, the family and friends that love me.  This Christmas my family made me feel special by gifting things that they know that I like. Majority of the items here were gifted. Please know that I am not trying to brag what I have got. I am only sharing my love for makeup and skin care with this blog post.

First of the present is benefit Days of Our Lights set. This set is a highlighter and primer trio, all in full size. If you want to have that glowy look then this is perfect for you. The set includes The POREfessional Pearl Primer which is a soft radiance primer. I have used it a couple of times and it is soft to touch and it des minimise the look of my pores and it is not flat. Then, it also includes Dandelion Twinkle highlighter. It is a nudish – pink powder highlighter and luminizer. It is not as intense as other highlighters but it is perfect for me. I like that it doesn’t have chunks of glitter. It is good for no makeup, makeup look which I am all about that life. My fave Watts Up! Soft focus highlighter is also included in this set. The set retails at NZ$69.70 and it is worth it.

Second on the list is an item that I gave myself. It is the Ultra Violette Queen Screen Lightweight Skin Screen. This is the best sunscreen that I have ever used. First it did not break me out and it the scent isn’t that strong, it is mild. It also looks good under the makeup  and when I am not wearing any makeup on I moisturise and put it over my moisturiser and makes my skin glowy and protected. I cannot say any bad things about this sunscreen and also it is a serum form. It doesn’t feel heavy or sticky. It is the best NZ$51 that my money ever bought.
Let’s go with the skincare now. I was gifted with this drugstore goodies. First is the Pond’s Cold Cream Makeup Remover. Growing up I saw my mother using this. How I use it, I massage the cream to my face and with a warm soft face towel. It does a great job of removing stubborn makeup and the scent just brings back memories. This retails at NZ$6.99. I also got Simple WaterBoost Face Mask and Under Eye hydrogel mask which are my fave and a staple in my bathroom drawers. I have never tried this before but this season I was given this Burt’s Bees hydrating gel cream. It says that it provided 48 hours of hydration. This is not a gift and it came as a free from one of the online purchase and I want to give it a shout out – Lancome Hydra-Zen Anti-Stress Moisturising Cream. This cream is really moisturising. I applied it at night and I woke up with a dewy skin in the morning. I can say that I will repurchase it in the future. Lanolips Multipurpose Super Balm has been given to me. I have wanted to purchase this for such a long time and so glad that I have it. It is hydrating and I want to get the spice shade but Mecca doesn’t stock it. I will definitely be buying more of this baby.

Yes – I also got given a few face makeup. Finally, I have the Mecca Cosmetica Hydra Skin Tint in Natural. This did not disappoint. It lasts long and it blends with the skin really well nor it feels heavy. This is the perfect face foundation for me. I love it! Also for the base, I now have items from Flower Beauty.  The Flower Light Illusion Luminous Makeup foundation has SPF 15 and I have the shade in classic tan. It is lightweight and up my alley.  The secon Flower beauty that I have now is Flower Beauty Miracle Matte translucent finishing powder. It does mattify the makeup look and does a good job of cementing my under eye concealer.

The small items that I got but definitely the ones that I now love. I now have Laura Mercier Extra Lash Sculpting Mascara. I love this and will definitely repurchase this. I love how my eyelashes looked. It doesn’t budge and give me the racoon eyes. I tried heaps of drugstore mascaras and they all wear on my eyelids and under eye but this one it does not do that. For the lips, I received Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Nighthawk. Can I just say that thi is the perfect lip liner for my lip shade. It is nude and I like to overdraw my upper lip with it and even after having a big brekkie it still stay put. Lastly, I got Maybelline Superstay Ink Crayon in Lead the Way and Own Your Empire. This lipstick is easy to use even if you are hurrying to get out of the door in the morning.

That’s the gift of beauty that I received this season and I am truly happy with them. Happy New Year everyone!

What’s in my Makeup Bag

I always go for the minimal makeup look. I still like seeing my skin even if I do not have the most flawless face. I always moisturize my face before putting any makeup on. These are the products that I use whenever I have to go to work.

Depending on my mood, sometimes I prime my face sometimes not. When I do, I draw lines on my cheeks and forehead with Maybelline Master Blur Tinted Primer Stick in Medium/Tan. It does not prolong my makeup but it does the does the job in making my pores appear smoother. Right now for foundation, I use Maybelline Dream Urban Cover Flawless Coverage Foundation MakeUp with SPF 50 in shade Soft Tan. The shade is actually too dark for me but what I do, do is mix it with moisturiser. (I am eyeing on the Mecca Cosmetica HydraSkinTint which I will be getting it soon.)n Fo concealer, I use Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer in Natural Beige. I like how light the formula is for this concealer. For under the eye, I use benefit boi-ing brightening concealer. I like how full coverage it is but has a blend able formula.

For my eyebrows, I use L.A. Girl Shady Slim Brow Pencil in Black or Blackest Brown.  I like how super skinny the tip is which makes it easier for me to create natural looking hair. I finish them off with Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Eyebrow Mascara in Dark Brown. These 2 are my face eyebrow duo. For me, this is the best eyebrow mascara that I have ever used. My  eyebrows stays put all day and you can even wear it on its own.

I then use Maybelline City Bronzer. This bronzer has such a good quality and it reminds of the benefit hoola bronzer. It’s good for contouring and bronzing your face. It has a mild cocoa scent. 

For blush, I like them in cream formula. Currently, I am using BH Cosmetics Illuminate by Ashley Tisdale Cream Cheek and Lip Tint in Red Velvet. I know that they do not make this anymore but I still use it and I like that it gives me that natural flush. Other days, I use Revlon Insta-Blush. I have the shade Berry Kiss and Nude Kiss. I like the colors that I have but the consistency is a bit stiff and not that creamy. I apply the blush straight from the bullet  to my cheeks to get more color.

Even with my oily skin, I still like to have that dewy glow. For highlighter, I love benefit watt’s up! Cream highlighter. It retails from $57.00 and I got mine at a benefit counter from Auckland Airport. I love that it gives that soft-focus look and natural sheen and it lasts long on my face. For drugstore, I use Maybelline Face Studio Master Strobing Stick in Medium. It retails for $18.99 from Farmers. It does the job but I have to apply it straight from the bullet straight to my cheekbones to have more glow pay off.

For my peepers, I usually do not put eyeshadow on. Im happy with applying bronzer on the crease and then I am all good but when i feel like it, I put on Revlon ColorStay Bold in Merlot by using my fingers. The color does intensify my dark brown eyes. It retails for $18.00. Currently, I am in love with Maybelline FullNSoft Mascara in Very Black for $20.00. It makes my eyelashes fuller without the clumpiness. I also have Revlon Volumazing Mascara in Blackest Black. I only swipe it once because it can get clumpy if I layer it. If you like a more dramatic look then this is for you.

I am not big on lipstick or lip color. Most of the days, I only have lip balm on or dab some cheek color on my lips. That being said, I checked my makeup drawer and found a few lip colors there. I have Chi Chi Liquid Lipstick and I have 4 of them. I do not know how much they retail for as I got them as a gift last Christmas. They a creamy matte formula. I have the shades Calendar Girl, Wild Child, Show Pony and Urban Chic. I also have Maybelline New York Color Sensational High Shine Gloss in Iced Chocolate. I am not a big lip gloss fan but this one here is not sticky and has the right amount of shine and nude color pay off. I also use elf lip and cheek tint in rouge radiance which gives me that bitten color. Also, I have WetNWild velvet matte lip color which I think I gravitate the most or Maybelline ColorSensational Shaping Lip Liner inDusty Rose. I have Revlon Kiss Cushion Lip Tint in Naughty Mauve which retails at $24 which gives a wash of color which is perfect for me.

See you in my next post. 🙂

Product Review + My Skincare Routine

I usually have an oily skin type. Since, moving here in New Zealand it changed to normal. That being said, my skin has become sensitive. In the past, I can get away with putting anything onto my face and my skin would not break out but it is a different story now

I used to be a skincare  junkie and whatever I see on the news or videos, I would try it for myself, like serum or oil for example. But it is not working for me, my face broke out like crazy when I added the rosehip oil into my skincare regimen. That is when I chose to try sensitive skincare range and do more of a minimalistic approach with my skincare. Going back to the basics, I retained the wash, tone and moisturize steps of my everyday skincare.  I do exfoliate two or three times a week and apply face mask once a week.

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleanser Sensitive – This is 98.9% natural and has cotton extract. I got it from Farmers and it retails at NZ$ 23.00. I love this face wash! I have used plenty of face wash in the past and this is my favorite. The consistency is creamy like butter which I prefer more than the gel or foam type of face wash. It does not dry my skin and it does not irritate it either. Also, it is fragrance free. I can see that my skin has improved significantly since using this face wash. My partner also uses this face wash and likes it.

I also use Burt’s Bees Daily Moisturizing Cream Sensitive. I got it from Farmer’s and retails at NZ$28.00. Same with the face wash, it has cotton extract. It doesn’t have fragrance and it is hypoallergenic. I used it in the morning and mixed it with my foundation. I found my skin is healthier and glowing since switching to this moisturiser. It does not have any SPF though but I do not mind it. My skin breaks out when I put on some SPF. During off days, I just apply this moisturiser and put concealer under my eyes and I am good to go.

At night time, I use Burt’s Bees Night Cream from the Sensitive range. I got it from Farmers at NZ$28.00. Same as the two products, it is fragrance free and hypo-allergenic. I do dot it on my face at night and I would wake up with a soft skin the next day. 

I do use toner after washing my face. I use Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner. I tone my face twice a day. This is the best and gentlest toner that I have ever used. I just love it. I remember I got burned by a salicylic acid wash and my face was irritated with anything that I put on. I don’t think that I will ever stop buying this toner. I used this toner when I had those burns and it didn’t sting at all. It is mild and does the job with double cleansing after my face wash. Indeed, it is kind to the skin.

I also have the Burt’s Bees Micellar Cleansing Water. It retails at NZ$17.95 from Farmers. This is a 3-in-1 product. It removes makeup, cleanse, and hydrates the skin. It says on the label that it ophthalmologist tested and safe for contact lens wearers.It is safe to use for all skin types and there is no added fragrance to it. I have sensitive eyes surprise, surprise. I use it to remove my mascara and it does not sting my eyes and it effectively removes eye make up. I usually use micellar water when I am travelling and when I am too tired and cannot do all my skincare. It does the job really well and does not break my skin.