I'm no longer on the P100/day challenge because I've been eating more often now (so it's now up to about P150-P200/day) but my standard of living has changed so drastically that I thought I should share it with other women who are also on a budget. In addition, I happened to unearth some old photos (old, like 11 years ago) of myself and realized that I must be doing something right today because I seem to look older THEN. I'm posting the comparison photos at the very end.
Anyway...on to my blog entry.
Well first of all, I am lazy with lotions. I wish I could muster the diligence it takes to apply body lotion every day but I only remember to do this perhaps once a month or once a week. So I heavily rely on a good moisturizing bath soap like Dove:
Next: Moisturizers. Sometimes I use Human Nature balancing toner at night before I moisturize. I don't do this during the day. I just go ahead and moisturize with:
Human Nature's Sunflower Beauty Oil serves as my morning moisturizer. Both are a little over P200. The VCO can be bought at Mercury Drug while the sunflower oil can be bought online. I use them both for taming my wild hair, too.
Incidentally, I also use VCO for my legs and it made my skin really soft. They would usually feel bristly after shaving but I don't have that problem anymore since this became a habit. For my face, I might opt for something stronger when I finally have the budget again. In the meantime, it seems to do the job well so far. (Note: some women might experience clogging because VCO is very thick. That's why I use it at night.)
Next: No matter how poor I get, I will never go out of the house without sunblock.
I am happy enough with just this and I usually don't need foundation anymore. I've come to terms with my moles and dark spots. During my teaching days, however, it's a totally different matter and I'd like a more mature, polished look. On those days, I would opt to wear foundation:
Human Nature's Perfect Coverage Mineral Foundation in Caramel. It's supposed to be medium coverage but I like that it's lightweight, much similar to putting on face powder.
Of course, when you put on make-up, there will be times when your face gets a bit oily. I don't add more make-up to stop the oil. That would just make me feel yucky. Instead, I use this:
And here is the most important(!!!):
By the way, I note my liquid intake like this:
The biggest plus for all you kikays out there? Well, when I went home to my parents' place some time ago, my sister exclaimed that my skin looked better now than it did 5-10 years back. And heck, 5 years ago, I used to spend most of my salary on expensive department store moisturizers and make-up. Sheesh. If I had known water would have this effect on my skin, I'd have saved hundreds and thousands of pesos. I am not kidding.
Let me give you a comparison: I managed to dig up a few photos while I was cleaning my laptop and I found some old ones from 11 years ago. Check it out:
The recent photos on the bottom row were of me without foundation. The bottom left one was almost completely devoid of make-up, while the bottom right one only had me putting on some eyeliner and mascara.
I was actually quite surprised when I unearthed these photos and realized that I look much younger now than I did 10 years ago. Water gave me something that no expensive moisturizer could give.
That's about it. Whew! That was a long post. Hope I did not bore you. Thanks for reading! =^.^=
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