Monday, June 18, 2012

35 THINGS I'VE LEARNED AS I TURN 35 TODAY...

1. It's totally OK to be 35 and still sleep with my favourite Teddy Bear, Nong Mee.

2. Don't go through life expecting that everything is going to be the way I want.

3. People do change over time: their feelings change, their attitudes change, their personalities change, and that's including myself. 

4. Always read the food label before I buy any food. These days I don't just buy food because they look good in the package/jar/bottle etc. Every time I read the label, I always find something interesting in the ingredient list or on the nutrition table & most of them are bad stuff.

5. It's OK to smile obnoxiously at the person who are rude to me, so that they know they can't ruin my day.

Nong Mee

6. A handful of good friends that I can always count on is more than enough for me.

7. I don't need to have lots of money, work for a big company and marry a rich, handsome man to be happy or successful. 

8. It doesn't matter if a donut made from Whole Grain Flour, Free-range Eggs, Fairtrade Sugar & fried in Organic Rice Bran Oil. Unhealthy food is still an unhealthy food.

9. Loss weight because it's good for my well-being, Not because I want to look like Miranda Kerr.

10. Don't squeeze the pimples! A pimple only stays for a week but an acne scar lasts for months or...forever.
6 Month Old Nancy

11. I can paint my right hand nails with my left hand without a big mess. Practice makes perfect!

12. Never ever have more than one credit card. None is the best. Believe me.

13. It's OK to don't know how to drive. That's what public transport & taxis are for.

14. Money is not everything but a little is necessary to survive.
 
15. Stay away from booze.They do nothing good for my body. A glass of Red a day wouldn't stop me from having a cancer or a heart disease, if I had Fried Chicken, Frappucino with Whipped Cream or a block of Chocolate regularly.

16. Do things that make myself happy as long as I don't hurt anyone emotionally or physically.

17. My mon & my sister are a few of my best friends.

My Mom (Khun Id) & My Sister (P'Nut)

18. Some people don't deserve to be kind to. And, it's totally ok...I'm not Mother Teresa.

19. Not all elderly people are nice & kind like my grandparents. Some are just plain nasty & rude and think they can get everything they want just because they're old.

20. If I don't ask for what I want, nobody knows what to give me.

21. It's totally OK to say NO.

22. The only thing I have a total control over is myself.

23. The best skincare is not the most expensive skincare. It's what works best for my skin.

24. I believe in Bob Marley & Three Little Birds "Don't worry about a thing. 'Cause every little thing is gonna be alright!" I have a prove & it's me. I've been to the worst place but I'm fine now.

25. I'm proud of my name "Phromyothi". But, living in a country where they don't know how to pronounce it, is a nightmare, and I feel sorry for them. By the way, it pronounces "Prom-yo-tee".

26. Stop planning so much (refer to No.2) When I was younger I thought I would have my BA by 22, be married by 25, have kids before I turned 30. Well, none of these happens. But I'm happy the way my life is and wouldn't want to change anything about it.

Graduated at age 31

27. Wearing makeup to make myself look better not to change how I look.

28. Evil Queen, Darth Vader & the Boogey Man don't scare me. Lizards & all the reptiles do!

29. I'm more confident than I used to 10 years ago.

30. I am special because nobody else can be "Nancy Phromyothi" Just me and only me!

31. Blogging is not as difficult as I thought and I think I can do it well.

32. I will never get my teen body back but I can make it as good (or pretty close) by having a healthy lifestyle.

33. If someone is no longer in my life, it happens for a reason.

34. Question everything I hear or see. Not everything on the national news is true.

35. I'm grateful to turn 35 and I don't feel, at all, old.
 
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So, what have you learned as your birthday comes?


Sunday, June 3, 2012

CHI CHI VIVA LA DIVA MATTE LIPSTICKS

Chi Chi is another one of those makeup brands that I always walk pass at Farmer's. Previously, the look of the products leads me to think that they are for teenagers. That's why their products are cheaper than other NZ drugstore makeup brands. One thing that I've learn after years of experiencing with makeup is that not all the expensive makeup are good, and not all the cheap makeup are bad.


[The colours appears on these tubes are much lighter than the actual colour]
First thing that this product caught my attention, when I walked pass the display, is the pretty packaging. This Victorian-inspired pattern in matte black & metallic pink on the box & the lid is an eye-catcher. I like the clear bottom that you can see the shade of the lipsticks. The colours are quite true to the actual colour inside. (Picture above doesn't have very good lighting & looks a lot lighter than the actual shade you can see through the clear plastic). 



If I'm right, there's about 20 shades in this Viva La Diva Lipstick range. They come in different finishes. Not exactly sure what they are but as I can remember, they're Matte, Cream & Metallic. I picked Love Game (Cream), a medium reddish plum with very subtle shimmers, and Please Tease (Matte), a mauve-y soft pink. I wouldn't say Please Tease is a matte shade. It's an opaque shade. It has more like a satin finish with no shiny particles in it. 

Top - Please Tease / Bottom - Love Game
Left - Love Game / Right - Please Tease
They call themselves as matte lipsticks but both shades that I picked are very creamy and don't look matte at all. They glide on very smoothly on my lips. They have a really good pigmentation with a great staying powder. I've found that Love Game feels very moisturizing when applied without having to put on any lip balm as a base (I think it's called "cream" for a reason). Please Tease is also very easy to apply but doesn't look as shiny as Love Game.

L-R: Love Game & Please Tease


A downside of these gorgeous lippies, to me, would be the scent. It's very hard to describe exactly what the scent(s) is(are). I'm sure I can smell rose on the 1st note but it's kind of have a little hint of peppermint as well. Downside because rose is not my favourite scent. However, the scent fades after I put it on my lips.

Love Game (in natural light)


Please Tease (in natural light)


There's one more important thing I have to mention. I think Love Game is a very close dupe for MAC Viva Glam VI lipstick. It's almost identical; the tone & finish. The only difference is that Viva Glam VI looks more red while Love Game looks more pink. Since, MAC Viva Glam VI is my all-time favourite lipstick & I wear it all the time. I can tell you these two are a really good match. I can see the difference when I swatch them on my arm but they look exactly the same on my lips when I put them on.

Check out these pretty lipsticks at Farmers for your next beauty shopping!