January 2020 Playlist

Jan 31, 2020

So ready for all the music that 2020 has to bring. Ever since Halsey's 'Manic' album released earlier this month, it has been mostly on heavy rotation. However, plenty of other tracks have made its way to my radar and I gave those a good listen as well.

2020 // Great Good Fine Ok
you should be sad // Halsey
Changes // Lauv
Me & You Together Song // The 1975
me & ur ghost // blackbear
Underdog // Alicia Keys
Queen // Loren Gray
Renegade // Niykee Heaton
Cut You Off // Selena Gomez
Black Swan // BTS
Selfish Love // Mabel x Kamille
Paranoid // ASHS
Catching Feelings (Dennis Blaze remix) // Inigo Pascual x Moophs x Ruby Ibarra x Dennis Blaze
killing boys // Halsey
On Somebody Else // Ava Max
Kiss Somebody // Julie Bergan x Seeb
Healing // Camden Cox
U DO U // Yung Scuff x Jakkyboi
Liquid Courage (Love Me Better) // Cierra Ramirez
if we never met // John K
Hello My Loneliness // Delaney Jane x Call Me Karizma
Let Me Know // clear eyes x Drew Love x Lauren Jauregui
What Do I Do? // Georgia Ku

♥ What did you listen to this month?
What are your favorites? ♥

January 2020 Gratitude

Jan 30, 2020


Gratitude is an important avenue for growth and part of self-care.
Here I share a peak into my monthly gratitude journal each month.

While 2020 got off to a rocky start personally, there was still plenty to be grateful for.

☾ A mostly sunny and relatively dry month. It was nice to see blue skies and sunshine again.

☾ Getting to work and home safely while my car had the radiator leak and overheating signals going off again.

☾ Finally getting my car fixed with new pipes, so no more overheating or breaking down on the side of highways anymore.

☾ Pay raise at work.

☾ Cool ass managers who surprised us with a pizza party and bringing us coffee.

☾ America's Tires rotating and balancing my tires free of charge. After spending (an extra $360+) on my car repair, my poor bank account needed a break -- and I know that the labor that goes into car/tire work is no easy feat, so for that I am eternally grateful.

☾ Reusable makeup removing cloths and Dr. Bronner's Castille Soap. This helped kick my waste impact a bit by not using disposable facial wipes. Small steps for the sake of the environment (and storm drains/waste pipes).

☾ Reusable snack bags and produce mesh bags. These were more helpful than I thought. You never realize how many ziploc and plastic bags you go through until you use reusable mesh bags for produce in the supermarket.

☾ Shampoo bars (like soap bars). Lifesavers. Space savers. Money savers. Travel friendly. Eco-friendly.

☾ Automatic bill pay. This saves my ass a time or two.

♥ What are you grateful for this month? ♥

I Tried 5 Online Personality Tests and Here's What I Learned

Jan 27, 2020

With the Myers-Briggs personality tests as well as other personality tests floating around the interwebs lately, I decided to try the well-known and free personality tests to learn what they say about me and if the results are consistent.

The personality tests I tried were, as listed:

5 Love Languages
Six Human Needs
16 Personalities (aka Myers-Briggs/MBTI)
DISC Assessment

16 Personalities/Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)

My personality type is: INTP.

I for introvert (53%), N for iNtuitive (which is what I found surprising because I'm more of an observer), T for thinking rather than feeling, P for perceptive rather than judgmental.

On this test is a 5th result called "identity" which the website describes as "trait that underpins all others, showing how confident we are in our personalities and decisions" and shows two results on opposite ends of a spectrum. On one side is assertive and the other, turbulent.

My results showed more turbulent than assertive.


My result is: type 6 / 6w5

There are nine types of personalities. According to the website, it labels Type 6 personalities as "The Loyalist." Each personality from this test is based on fears, beliefs, motivations and emotions. I'm not quite sure what type 6 personality types mean exactly, so if anyone knows please share some wisdom and knowledge in the comments.

Six Human Needs

This test is based on the theory that there are six human needs such as certainty, love, contribution, growth, connection, variety and significance. After a series of multiple choice questions, your personal results will list your six human needs in order from most to least. The top four being the needs of your personality and the bottom two are needs of your spirit, your inner Self.

My six human needs:

1. Growth (13.5 points)
2. Certainty (11 points)
3. Contribution (8.5 points)
4. Love (7 points)
5. Significance (6 points)
6. Uncertainty (3.5 points)

5 Love Languages

The 5 love languages test helps you understand how you receive love and how you connect with others on your own personal level. In this test you discover whether your love language is Acts of Service, Words of Affirmations, Quality Time, Receiving Gifts and Physical Touch. You can take it either as a single or as a couple if you're in a relationship.

I join in the foray of twitter by saying my love language is growth and gratitude, but my actual results from this test are: Words of Affirmation and Quality Time.

Daily affirmations are in integral part of my self-love and wellbeing so words of affirmation is pretty much on-point.

DISC Assessment

DISC assessment measures (and stands for) dominance, influence, steadiness and compliance to predict your behaviors to others and especially in work environments. This assessment can help you have a better and deeper understanding of yourself in the workplace, and can even help you engage and be a better teamplayer with your coworkers in a beneficial way.

Although the "C" stands for compliance, my results showed: Caution (aka The Analyzers).

I am a pretty cautious worker, so the result needs no further explanation.

♥ Have you taken any personality tests?
What are your favorites? ♥

Current Makeup Faves

Jan 13, 2020

Today's post will be a bit different, but I wanted to share some of my makeup favorites that I have been loving lately. Most products listed below are drugstore brands (with the exception of one product) and mostly affordable. Please note that most of the products are for dry, sensitive skin and eczema-friendly.

Disclaimer: this is not sponsored and none of the products in this post are PR products. I am not monetarily compensated nor are the links provided affiliation links. This is also not (really) a makeup review post. While these products have proven to be sensitive skin friendly and eczema-friendly for me, it may be different for other eczema/dermatitis folks, so always do a skin test or ask your dermatologist before trying.

FOR SKINCARE (aka moisturizers + sunscreen)

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream for very dry sensitive skin ($10.99) | I have the 8.8oz jar as a refill for the 1oz travel-size container I bought at Bed, Bath & Beyond (not available online, unfortunately) that I use.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Moisturizing Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 ($9.99) | This may be on the higher price point side of sunscreens (at least to me) but using my red card at Target with family discount affords me to get it for 15% cheaper. This is the one splurge I suggest for super sensitive, extra dry/flaky skin and eczema-prone skin as the formula is water-based and applies easily and smooth.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Water Gel Face Moisturizer ($7.99) | Neutrogena's Hydro Boost line are a godsend for people with dry and sensitive skin like me. The full size is a bit pricey so I buy the trial size which makes it perfect to take on the go and for traveling. It has hyaluronic acid so it is incredibly hydrating. I used to use a french brand called Vichy Aqualia Thermal Mineral Water Gel moisturizer, but Target stopped selling the trial size and the regular size costs more than I'm willing to spend. Neutrogena Hydro Boost is a great dupe.


Maybelline Face Studio Master Primer 'Hydrate + Smooth' ($5.29) | I've used the Elf hydrating primer for the past few years but recently made the switch to Maybelline's primers, specifically their "hydrate + smooth" product, and it is absolutely amazing and hydrating, especially in the cold, dry seasons. This is for those with dry skin, but they have a line of other primers for redness control, pore minimizer and more.

Maybelline Dream Urban Cover Foundation SPF 50 ($10.99) | Shade: 220 Natural Beige. This is also a new to me product I've recently switched to. I've used Almay's Smart Shade tinted moisturizer for a long time because foundations were too heavy to wear in the summer time and I just stuck with it year round ever since. However, Maybelline's Dream Urban Cover was a beauty fave last year so I decided to try foundation again, and this particular one is now my ride or die makeup item. What I like about this foundation is that it's full coverage but it's also buildable for days you want partial coverage. The other thing is that it's not heavy like foundations can be, which makes it perfect to wear all year round. It also has SPF and antioxidant pollution protection. The formula is great and glides on smooth with a beauty blender, makeup brush or even your fingers. It does have a weird smell and they only have 16 shades for now but this is the only foundation I ever found a color match for my exact tone. It is so skin-like when applied which has been hard to find in drugstore brands. Works well on dry, sensitive and oily skin.

Milani Eyeshadow Primer ($5.99) | This primer comes in one shade in a squeeze bottle instead of a tube with an applicator, so the formula is thicker and less creamy/liquid than their tube primer counterparts. It applies as a nude base and it's crease-proof. It's also (animal) cruelty-free and vegan friendly. I don't wear eyeshadow on a daily basis but it does help make my eyeliner and, on occasion that I do wear eyeshadow, foil eyeshadow pop more. Since it isn't as creamy as other eyeshadow primers - it's more on the drier side which helps from creasing - it does grab onto whatever you put on top of it so be mindful when it comes to blending and using transition shadows.

NYX Professional Makeup Microbrow Pencil ($9.99) | Shade: black or espresso. This retractable eyebrow pencil complete with a built-in spoolie on the other end glides on easily and allows for easy switching between filling in and brushing out the brows. It's buildable and allows to make realistic hair-like strokes for a natural brow look, or fill in for a dark, thick brow look. Admittedly, it doesn't work as well as brow pomades, as most pencils don't. Elf also has a great brow pencil as well at an even more affordable price.

Milani Stay Put Eyeliner Crayon ($6.99) | Shade: Linked On Black. Crayon eyeliners work better than powder eyeliners, but I mostly use this to line my waterline and tightline. It is so pigmented and defines my eyes, and it stays on pretty long. It applies smoothly as opposed to the actual pencil eyeliners that are impossible to line your waterline without stabbing your eye in the process. It's also waterproof and transfer resistant. If you're looking for a liner to line your waterline and tightline, I'd recommend this one or their 24hour liner. I also bounce between this and Maybelline Eye Studio Master Kajal Eyeliner from time to time. Both work fantastic and can also be used as eyeliner on the eyelid.

NYX Professional Makeup Epic Ink Liner ($8.99) | Shade: black. Liquid eyeliner felt tip pens works best for the wing liner look I usually go for and NYX's epic ink liner works perfect for any kind of eyeliner look you're going for. It only comes in two shades: black or brown for those who either want a soft liner look or super dark and defining look. Bonus points for being paraben-free, aluminum-free, phalate-free, (animal) cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. What I like is that the felt tip can allow for super skinny and precise lines and its wider part of the pen can allow to build to thicker lines. I also use Maybelline TattooStudio Liquid Ink Eyeliner and Maybelline Hyper Easy Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Pen as well.

Maybelline Falsies Lash Lift Waterproof Mascara ($8.99) | The waterproof version of this mascara only comes in one color: black, while the non-waterproof Falsies mascara comes in a few more colors. Pro tip: always go for waterproof mascara's for a more voluminous and lifted eyelash look. It also holds curls and lasts longer. This works pretty good but L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise is still is my favorite.

Physician's Formula Butter Bronzer ($7.67) | Shade: Bronzer. This bronzer is know for its buttery formula which is fitting. It is buildable and applies smooth like butter (lol I love puns). Can work as either bronzer or contour, to be honest. It's hypoallergenic, gluten-free, aluminum-free, paraben-free and (animal) cruelty-free.

Wet n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder ($4.99) | Shade: Golden Flower Crown. Wet n Wild offers a lot of products that are inexpensive and one of them is their highlighting powder. I love how well this highlighter shines especially for a powder. You can go for a subtle, sheer highlight that will give a more natural glow, or you can build it up for full glam night out. There's only three shades so far but they're all so pretty. I also like Maybelline Face Studio Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in 'molten gold' which works on all skin types.

Almay Velvet Foil Cream Eyeshadow ($6.99) | Shade: Golden Vibes. For a more pigmented shimmer-y shadow look, I really like foil cream eyeshadows and Almay has good ones in variety of colors. I also like the End Game shade as well which is more dark brown. They have other vibrant shades from blue, purple and red in their 11 shade range as well. I mostly use this as my inner corner highlight.

Morphe 3B Pure Nude Eyeshadow Palatte ($6.99) | In my venture to try eyeshadows but didn't want to make a big purchase, I bought a three shade mini eyeshadow palatte from Morphe. The shades are a dark brown (Deep Hue), medium brown (Kinda Natural) and a mute pink color (Velvet). The colors are a bit dark for me so I don't use this palette much, but if you're looking for a high-pigmented matte eyeshadow in the nude ranges and don't want more than a handful of colors then this is for you.

Wet n Wild Photofocus Natural Finish Setting Spray ($4.99) | Another product I love of Wet n Wild is their setting spray. While they offer other setting sprays for different skin types and aromas, this one applies as a dewy finish, so this is a good setting spray for dry skin folks going for a dewy look. Out of all the drugstore and high end setting sprays I've tried over the years, I always come back to this one as it gives me the dewy look my skin needs. It may not help keep makeup stay on that long but it still works pretty good, and the way it sprays is better than many others. I just wish that it came in a bigger bottle or didn't run out so fast.

Maybelline Face Studio Lasting Fix Setting Spray ($7.99) | This is for those who are looking for a more matte makeup look and lasts for up to 16 hours. I use this occasionally and only on this one shiny, oily spot in the middle of my forehead to mattify (?) it. I used to use the Master Fix setting spray which was dry skin friendly but I haven't been able to find it anymore.

♥ What makeup products do you guys use?
What are your favorites? What did not work for you? ♥

Intentions for 2020

Jan 1, 2020

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Happy New Year and new decade! With everyone making resolutions this time of year, I want to instead set intentions for this year and forward.

Mindfulness and intentionality has been such a huge and integral part of my life and growth over the past few years. Part of living mindfully and intentionally (aka minimalism) is to live and choose to do what ever tasks with intention. Intentions focuses on the present, the journey and manifestation of long-term goals, keep yourself accountable, and encourages self-awareness and alignment with the inner work to either become a better version of yourself or help make the world a better place. Intentionality is to experience moments fully present, mentally as well as physically, and to make a lasting and meaningful impact. It's also a commitment. 2020 will be the year of change, awakening, growth and evolution. Set intentions, not resolutions. (Sorry, I had to ;-P)

These intentions I set is not only for 2020, but for all of the new decade ahead.

☽ Rather than closing my heart to things or people that may hurt me, I will instead work on redirecting its energy.
☽ Continue manifesting on personal self-growth and bettering myself.
☽ Contribute more to people/animals in need and organizations that help underprivileged communities, marginalized folks, indigenous communities, survivors, and the environment.
☽ Work towards donating 10% of my income to charity/organizations every year.
☽ Live more ethically, sustainably and eco-friendly.
☽ Utilize my time and energy wisely and guard my energy better.
☽ Don't be afraid to say 'no' and say it when I really feel/need to.
☽ Reaffirm my boundaries and maintain them.
☽ Let go of toxic people whose values don't align with mine and who holds me back.
☽ Stop putting up with peoples bad/toxic behaviors just to "keep the peace."
☽ Remember to periodically take breaks, rest, recharge, hydrate, take care of my health to prevent burnout.
☽ Shift my mindset and mentality to a more healthier, open, conscious and more positive outlook.
☽ Accept blessings with open arms and without doubt or guilt.
☽ Take time to volunteer and donate more and invite people to come with.
☽ Be more aware and work harder on respecting cultures, religions and sexualities outside of my own. More listening. Remember to be mindful to not use ableist language.
☽ Continue to work on kicking the rest of my bad/toxic habits, negativity, unnecessary anger and toxic traits.
☽ Forgive myself for past mistakes, hurting myself, others who hurt me and for hurting others. And remember that forgiveness does not equate to saying what they/I did was okay, but that forgiveness takes the hook out of your heart and allows you to move forward and grow without it holding you back.
☽ Reclaim my worth and never settle less than I deserve.
☽ Rise above pettiness, revenge, retaliation, toxic behaviors and unnecessary negativity.

Sorry it's so long but I have a lot of shit to work on.

♥ What intentions are you
setting for 2020? ♥
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