Saturday, March 26, 2011

Skin Care Products I'm Using Now

Summer vacation started 2 weeks ago for me (or rather my DD but that includes me!) so I'm left with much more free time than I can handle.  Yeah, I'm bored.  I prefer the days with school because I can walk outside with a purpose, he he.

Anyway, I know I'm purposely neglecting this blog and much everything else but you would too if you are nauseated the whole day, everyday! That's what's going on with me now - all day nausea.  I am wishing for my 1st trimester to end in a few more weeks so the nausea would end too.  Compared with my first pregnancy wherein I was vomiting the whole day (yes, morning, noon and night for 3 months!!!) but felt so much better after each bout, this nauseated feeling is worse.  It really is different for every pregnant woman and every pregnancy.  

So far my skin is still looking like s**t but at least my skin texture is better.  I've rediscovered my Emu Oil when I ran out of my night cream a week ago (Avalon Organics Rejuvenating Vitamin C Oil-Free Moisturizer).  This is working for me at the moment because it keeps my face oil-free the next day.

Remember that those wanting to get pregnant or are pregnant should avoid use of skin care products with Retinoids (Accutane- the oral form, Vit. A derivatives in creams, lotions like Retin-A, Differin, Retinoic Acid) as they are proven teratogens especially the oral form of the drug.  Meaning, these cause birth defects in fetuses.  Also Beta Hydroxy Acids like Salicylic Acid should be avoided as they can also cause birth defects and pregnancy complications.  

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Sweet Blog Award

See? Every time I say I'll stop writing or shut this down, that's when I have posts to write, ha ha! Anyway, this is long overdue.

1. Thank and link back the person that gave this award :
  Thanks to CherWriter: The Curvy Blogger who passed this on to me. Her blog is deep and thought-provoking.  Keep writing, Cherry! Pakita ka naman sa reunion *wink*.

2. Share four guilty pleasures that you have:

Guilty Pleasure #1: baked goodies!

     Be it mine (meaning I made them myself) or store-bought...I will gobble them up.  Enough said.

Monday, March 7, 2011

On the Homefront

As you may have noticed, there's a new widget on my blog.  

Yes, I'm expecting baby #2! Weeee! I am very excited and so is everyone in my family.  That's one of the reasons I haven't done much in the form of product reviews and stuff bec. I have been preparing myself since middle of last year for the possibility.  

I've thought of shutting down my blog before but thought twice. I'll just leave it here for now.  I do read other blogs daily to keep up with what's going on in the beauty and fashion world although I don't go out and buy.  I haven't really bought any beauty product since maybe middle of 2010 (just a NYX concealer in Beige and maybe a few polishes).  Just concentrating on skincare with my dermatologist and basic things.  I've been breaking out in a major way due to hormones and it doesn't look pretty.  Concealer (Monave foundation-concealer to be more specific) has been a daily friend to me.  I've also been wearing my mineral foundation every single day since last quarter of 2010 to hide/conceal all the blemishes.  

I've never broken out in severe cystic acne ever.  Even when I used Accutane more than 10 years ago, what is happening now is worse and it's all a rebound from stopping my OCP use to be able to conceive.  Even my derma is trying her very best to control it but we couldn't apply the best acne meds. because they're contraindicated for possible pregnancy and pregnant women.  So I'll just grin and bear it for the next 8 months or so.  All in the name of sacrifice even if I look horrible.

Maybe I'll just be posting some overdue product reviews from products I bought a long time ago.  I said maybe, if I'm in the mood.  Or I'll try to post the new stuff I'm using which are apt for pregnant women plus a few clothing necessities used in this period.  Whatever.  We'll see. 

My Notjustminerals / beauty blog will probably turn out to be a "day in the life of a pregnant woman" ha ha!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

A Wedding!

I attended my cousin's wedding last weekend in Tagaytay.  The church was San Antonio de Padua which was quaint yet picturesque and breezy inside.  Since my uncle (the bride's father) is one of our country's Master Portraitists in photography and my cousin as well is a photographer (she also teaches and is a writer for I-Mag Photography Magazine), at least a third of the guests were photographers both pros and amateurs.  The youngest as young as 8 or 9 y/o even!   

Yes, I definitely felt insecure in whipping out my trusty ole' cellphone camera to take these photos in the midst of DSLR's with zoom lenses, ha ha!

My DD the wedding angel.