My V&M Haul

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I’ve been eyeing a lot of V&M Naturals products the past few days and I was waiting for payday so bad because I wanted to get my hands on their bestsellers.

I first tried V&M back in college and that’s when I first heard about emu oil. If you read more about it, you’ll know how this oil has so many benefits, that’s why I got attracted to it so easily. Also, I have this thing for organic products because at my age, I wanted to be able to take care of myself the best way possible, and having these products more readily available in the market really helps. If I’m not mistaken, most if not all V&M products contain emu oil and everything is organic, so I’m expecting a lot from this skin care line.

2 days ago, I ended up buying:

1) Jagermeister Pore Suit soap – This is one of their bestselling soaps. It contains: Emu Oil, Jagermeister, Willow Tree, Sugar Cane Extract, Turmeric, Pepper, Cantaloupe, Sugar Beets, Unripe Grape, Cajeput, Lemon Extract. According to their website and sales ladies, this soap helps clean pores from deep within, so it does a good job in clearing the face from impurities.

2) Happy Pores With Hazel Toner – This is best paired with the Jager soap especially for people like me with oily and acne-prone skin. I’m in love with hazel as it helps tighten our skin and reduce inflammation. I’ve used Dickinson’s Pore Perfecting toner before so when I learned that V&M has a variant of this toner with witch hazel, I didn’t hesitate to get one for myself!

3) Red Clay Mineral Primer – I’m eyeing a more expensive primer for my extremely oily skin, but since this one’s organic, I thought I give this a try.

4) Smooch Lip Detox – According to their website, this doesn’t have petroleum, instead it contains the finest oils, making the lips look younger looking and healthier.

5) Exfobomb and Bikini Bomb – The exfobomb is a new product that works well with the bikini bomb. It exfoliates the skin which kind of prepares it to completely absorb the bikini bomb for more effective whitening.

After 2 days of using these products, I don’t see any huge difference on my skin and pores, but I can feel that the Jager soap gently cleanses my skin. As for the toner, there definitely is a sting when applying it to my face after cleansing, unlike Dickinson’s which is a bit disappointing, but I’ll give it a few more weeks. I’m not giving up on these products.

I also tried the primer after, just to test it out. I didn’t expect it to have the normal consistency of a primer, but it has silicone, so what should I have expected, right? I used it for work the next day, but it didn’t really keep the oiliness at bay.

The Exfobomb and Bikini Bomb combo didn’t really have that instant whitening like what most people said on their feedback on the website, but just the same, I’ll give this a couple more weeks to take effect. Slowly but surely, right?

I’m happy with the Smooch Lip Detox though. Unfortunately, I feel like I always have to store it in the fridge every time I come home in the afternoon because it melts like crazy. It’s a disaster waiting to happen. I’m afraid that one day, I’m going to have to just transfer the whole thing in a lip balm container. Despite this, I have to say that I have definitely found the lip balm I’m going to be using for quite a long time. I love the minty cooling effect and how it definitely moisturizes my lips. I can even see my lips getting lighter by the moment. I also love how my nude lipstick looks much better on my lips when I apply it on top of the lip balm.

So there you go, my second beauty review ever! I’m not really good in making reviews, but this is just to share my honest opinion of my experience so far with organic products! I’m no beauty blogger and I’m not turning into one, don’t worry! 😛

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30 Day Writing Challenge: DAY 18

Post 30 facts about Yourself

I’m not sure I’m ready to divulge 30 friggin’ facts about myself, but here goes nothing!

1. When I was in preschool, I remember being a bully and a brat. I remember my parents consoling a crying classmate during a small gathering at school. I’m not sure what I did to her exactly, but I know I was the reason she was crying that day!

2. I used to be so good in Math especially back in grade school and my parents know that. In high school, I may only have been an average kid, but I loved solving problems, fractions, solving for that infamous letter X!

3. I may need to confirm this with my parents, but almost 2 decades ago, when our house was just being built, I may have pushed my little brother against some hollow cement blocks sitting on top of a gravel mound. He ended up getting stitched and I think he was just 3 then! That was very traumatizing for me and I guess for him!

4. My first kiss on the lips was back in preschool and if I’m not mistaken, the boy’s name is Ryan.

5. I studied in an all girls’ Catholic school run by nuns for 11 years!

6.  My first celebrity crush was Carlo Aquino (G-mik days) and my whole extended family would tease me whenever we see him on tv.

7. I don’t eat peanut butter and I would never eat Loaf bread with Nutella, unless it’s on a donut or on crepes. I’m weird, I know!

8. My favorite fruit is mango and I would eat anything with mango: Mango Graham cake, Mango tapioca, Mango crepes, Mango tart from Iloilo, Mango ice cream (my favorite), salad with mango dressing, anything with mango except for mango juice! I know, it gets weirder!

9. No matter how tan I get, my upper body always returns to its natural color, but my lower torso doesn’t!

10. I love bookstores and craft stores and when most girls go gaga shopping for clothes, I go wild over books and art materials!

11. I haven’t read 60% of the books I have bought over the years!

12. I’m such a visual person. I judge books by their covers, I am very critical of people’s clothes and the way they carry themselves, my closet is full of colorful stuff (even my bags and shoes), I love artsy places, coffee shops and restaurants.

13. Growing up, my favorite color was BLUE. That was until grade school. Since college, I’ve become so into YELLOW and that’s where the obsession fascination for this color started!

14. There was a time when we didn’t have a house help and that’s when I started to learn how to cook by myself. I was in grade school, I think.

15. I can say that the scariest, saddest, happiest, most degrading but rewarding moments of my life were when I used to work in the hospital. That’s cheesy!

16. I felt loved more by my college classmates than any of the high school classmates I had, ever did.

17. Being a nurse, I’ve done things I never thought I would ever do,ever in my life, things that most people would find scary or disgusting.

18. Inserting an IV cannula was one of the scariest things I had to learn, but when I did, I became obsessed with it! I used to look at people’s veins all the time and I think I still do!!

practice!

Here were my two senior nurses that let me practice IV insertion on them back when I was just a nurse trainee

19. My favorite shift at work used to be the Night Shift: Patients would all be asleep, and we could eat, share scary stories, chat and play, sleep or even practice IV insertion like what we did on the photo above!

20. I am an extreme procrastinator except when it comes to art projects and little DIY projects!

21. I lived with my grandmother and my uncle until I was about 1-2 years old and just like in the movies, when my parents showed up at the door one day to finally get me, I ran back into my grandma’s house which made my mama cry. They only told me about this story when I was in college.

22. I’ve been indirectly bullied in high school.

23. I have the worst trust issues in the world.

24. I have this thing for feel good movies and disaster movies!

25. I don’t have any unusual abilities like flipping eyelids inside out or having any double joints. I’m very ordinary! haha!

26. I started shooting in film with a real camera back in May 2014 and I haven’t stopped since! Check out some of the photos here! Here’s my little camera collection to date:

27. Some of my hobbies include calligraphy, stamp carving, art-journaling, watercolor painting, crafting and snail-mailing.

28. I follow over 2k people on Instagram and most of which are artists, crafters and photographers! 🙂

29. I started blogging back in 2002, when I was in grade 6 and I wrote about it here.

30. I’m extremely afraid of ghosts, of heights and falling and a whole bunch of other little things!