Wednesday, January 4, 2017

What 2016 taught me

I knew that it was just a matter of time before I write a personal note in my blog, saying goodbye to the year that was 2016. Finally, I've found myself sitting in my couch struck by a sudden urge to write again. Thinking about the different things and experiences that I've had the past year, I decided to write those down in here, as a way for me to send some closure to that year.

It is important to start now, wherever you are right now. 
Probably the riskiest thing that I did the past year was to go out on my own and open an online shop. I know it may not sound risky as it may seem to be, but the amount of effort, money, and time that I spent that would lead to that coming to life was no joke. Not to mention, I've gained incredible amount of respect for entrepreneurs who've been managing their online shops respectively. I'm still all new to this, and it's honestly such a struggle to put your business out there, no matter how small it is. I guess what I've learned immensely from this is that you have to start now, no excuses. Oftentimes, I would give several excuses on not accomplishing something, and the truth is,  I think I just lack the drive or the want for that certain thing to happen if that's the case haha! I started from zero knowledge of opening or handling an online shop - from ordering cosmetics online, having it shipped here, to content creation, and so on and so forth. But now, I am learning day by day to improve whatever I can hopefully. Ohhh please follow my shop on facebook and instagram - pigmentmnl :) I basically sell authentic kylie lipkits, and hopefully more brands in the coming months.


Self- pity will get you nowhere. 
Just like any other year, there are so many times wherein I would feel down and just cry thinking - why can others have this and that and I can't? Sounds so shallow, I know. Don't get me wrong, I know that I am blessed with more than I deserve. But oftentimes, I wish to have a good corporate career somehow, or wish I were good with certain things that others seem to be so good at. And whenever I come to this point, I'll just make myself drown with more self pity, which is so bad. I have to constantly remind myself that we all have different journeys and things will fall into place eventually, no matter how confusing it might seem.

Treasure friendships and don't be afraid to make new ones.
I've also learned that it's also quite inevitable for me to grow apart with some friends, and that is okay. It doesn't mean that I don't care for them anymore, there's just acceptance in knowing that you have to move forward and give each other space because it's better that way. Also, I've gained new friendships that felt right in the place where I am now and people who I know would help me grow to be better. But of course, at the end of the day, long-lasting friendships are something that I truly treasure and I make the effort to reach out to these friends.


Believe in yourself in believe in your own capacities.
I surely am not the type of person who oozes so much self confidence in my own skills. But one thing I've learned in graduate school is that I am good in certain things . I hate how much that sounds like a brag, but I have to say it out loud at least in this blog post. I would normally be my shy self whenever someone compliments me and gives credit to my work being well done, but it honestly boosted my self confidence.At a certain point in my life, it's important to believe that I can do a task effectively, I can perform well in this arena and so on because it's very important to have faith in  yourself and what you have to offer.

Your family will always be there for you.
This is not just a 2016 realization, but something to remember always. I'm not the easiest child, I'm so stubborn, and I can be so negative sometimes, and I honestly don't know what I'll do without my family. Throughout every highs and lows in my life, I am thankful for the fact that they are there  to help me wherever I am.


...and I didn't realize until now that i have so much to say in this blog post haha.

Here's to me hoping that I'll be wiser this year and take more risks.

Much love,
NIKKI

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Lights show

Hi! Sharing some pics that I took during the Lights Show in Ayala Triangle Gardens :)


Thursday, November 17, 2016

23

Hi! I know it's been months again, and I really just had this period when I got so lazy to write, and I just focused my energies on other priorities such as school, and also tracking some items for my upcoming business. But now, hopefully, I'll start making more time for this baby, my blog. So, recently, I actually turned 23. 23!!! It feels weird for me to say that I am in this age already because I feel like nothing much has changed in my life. And I really am child-like ever since, so I still feel like I'm 16 deep inside. I guess more than anything, the thought of being or acting more like an adult and having accomplishments in the real world scares me because I know it's still a far fetched goal in the making. Anyway, I don't want this to make a sad post or anything, but here's to another year of getting older, and hopefully a lot wiser in my decisions. :)

Here are some pics that I took during my birthday lunch at Kai Greenbelt :)

Much love,
Nikki

Monday, August 1, 2016

Beauty Buy: Nyx Liquid Suede

A lot of my posts have been about recent lipstick finds, and this is certainly no exemption :) To be honest, I used to have a very neutral feeling towards Nyx itself. I've tried the soft matte lip creams before, and I didn't really love those for quite a few reasons. However, there is a part of me that really wants to try out the other products and see if some  would fortunately be part of my beauty favourites. 

The first time I encountered the Nyx Liquid Suede was through online when I was just randomly scrolling through my Facebook Feed, and saw a post featuring the different swatches of this lipstick line. Then and there, I told myself that I would want to try out at least one lipstick from that line, ifever it would be available here in the country. And just last week, the lipstick gods have paved the way for me to buy this item! Sadly, it wasn't part of the sale even if it was lipstick festival during that time in SM Beauty Store, but I still had this strong urge to buy one and I gave in to that haha. I decided to buy the Nyx Liquid Suede in 07 or Sandstorm. 


I'm glad that I decided to give this a try because it is so much better than the Nyx Soft Matte Lip Creams, in my opinion. I actually asked the saleslady about the difference between the soft matte line and the liquid suede line, but she just told me that they're pretty much the same. However, now that I've tried it, I can say that well aside from the fact that it is bigger, it also doesn't have that strong scent. Lipstick scents are deal breakers for me. There are drugstore lipsticks that have a scent, but it would be fine with me as long as it wouldn't be  overpowering. Other than that, when it comes to the issue of dryness, I have tried a few liquid lipsticks from other brands before, but it would really be THAT DRYING. In this case, it sets really matte, but I don't find it to be Sahara dessert levels of drying, pretty much  tolerable for someone like me who has dry lips but loves matte lipsticks. 
Overall, I'm really glad that I bought this lipstick. It's something that I could wear for times wherein I don't want my lipstick to be too loud. I generally don't like to wear nude lipsticks, but I do see myself wearing this shade few times a month maybe hihi. But, definitely, this is something worthy to try and  see if it could be part of your kikay kit! :)

Much love,
Nikki

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Beauty Buy : Maybelline Lip Gradation


How's your week starting so far? I just bought some really good items for sale right now. Thank goodness, sales were invented!  Ahhhh I think I'm pretty much the type of person who goes out of my way to the store immediately once I hear there's a markdown of their products. 


One recent beauty find of mine is something that I bought on sale! When I was younger, one of the beauty brands that I've really had the chance to try was Maybelline! I think it's pretty normal for girls to have a Maybelline product in their bags at a certain point in their lives. Honestly, I think my curiosity has led me to try other brands for a while, thus losing my interest for this brand for quite a while. However, what I really appreciate about this brand is the fact that it releases new products from time to time to keep up with the current trends in the industry. I've read several reviews about the lip gradation line, but I only somehow got to try it recently because I've been trying to have a lipstick ban on myself, but well sale eh!And boy am I glad that I decided to buy these lippies!!


I would probably go out on a limb and say that this line offers some of the best drugstore lipsticks ever. And for me, the best lipstick line from Maybelline. I initially first bought the Mauve1, but when I realized how good it is, I bought the Orange one a week after even if I have a few orange lippies right now - sulitin kasi sale pa rin hehe. I'm personally not a fan of the gradient lip, so I don't get the chance to use this for that effect, so I just apply it as a pure lipstick. And can I just say, application is already easier, since the shape of this lipstick is much thinner, and I get to apply it to some gaps easily. In addiition, I love how pigmented these lippies are! Also, I actually had the opportunity to try some Maybelline lipsticks before, and one thing that I don't necessarily love is the scent. That is why, I'm really glad that the lip gradation lippies doesn't have a scent. Yay :)

I really love lipsticks with orange shades. This one is my new favorite shade right now. 
Meanwhile, the Mauve shade I heard is similar to Mac's Whirl. Haven't tried that shade yet, but what I can say about this is that it's good enough for everyday wear and for job interviews!

Overall, I just really love the lip gradation line and I am just controlling myself not to buy any other shades- maybe if I get a job pretty soon, I'll buy more shades hehe!

Much love,
Nikki

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Sunday routine

Sunday routine from nikki cea on Vimeo.

One morning, I had a chat with my mummy J about the things that I could make a video about and she suggested this one. I have always wanted to make a video of sorts of how one day in my life is so that I could always look back at this day, at this current moment in time ifever I have a different perspective on how to spend my time someday! Honestly, I'm really a habit of creature, and if I do get used to a certain way of doing things, I'll just end up doing it over and over again, leaving little space to go out of my comfort zone. I am slowly changing some things from time to time to challenge myself to leave that zone a bit. Anyway sorry for the silliness of this video, but this would really pretty much give a glimpse of how I am in real life hahaha. :)