Never Goodbye

It had to happen sometime so let's make this quick and painless.

Beauty blogging doesn't make me happy anymore. And because it no longer brings me satisfaction, there's no drive to go the extra mile to come up with posts, take photos, review products etc.

That doesn't mean though that I've totally lost interest in all things kikay, on the contrary, I often find myself thinking that I should blog about something I discovered or something I like, but when I start thinking about the logistics involved, I usually end up saying "Di bale na lang" and proceed to play with my son. Again, if something doesn't give you joy anymore, it's no longer worth the effort.

But while I may stop writing in Kikay Exchange, I'll still be visible over at Frugal Honey, my blog on personal finance. It might be because of shifting priorities or growing old, but managing my money and helping others manage theirs, gives me way more satisfaction than dispensing advice on hair rebonding.

To be clear, this is not goodbye because I'll still be around, albeit in another blog. Thank you very much for sticking around with me these past 7 (or 8?) years and you have all been awesome.

See you around!

Rosy and Pink

I thought I was just imagining all the pink that I was seeing in my feed this month, but then I remembered that October is breast cancer awareness month, hence, the proliferation of all things pink and tatas.

Quick Updates + Parenting Philosophy

For the first time in weeks, I woke up with absolutely nothing on my to-do list. I submitted my revised financial plan for my Registered Financial Planners (RFP) course yesterday so I suddenly have all of this free time to blog, read, cook or just do absolutely nothing. I love it! Also, my son's yaya is now staying in with us, so that means we can watch a movie or go out for dinner on a weeknight! An actual, honest to goodness date without wrestling with a squirmy toddler to stay in his seat. I can't wait!

While I do miss beauty blogging, I honestly don't mind not writing on my parenting site Mom Exchange. I sometimes wonder if I'm a negligent parent because I'm not interested at all in parenting techniques and all the other bells and whistles that accompany modern parenting. Moreover, since I don't have any basis for comparison that will make me shrivel with insecurity or pat my own back with self-praise, I seriously think I'm doing a fantastic job at being a mom.

Yves Rocher Sebo Vegetal

Disclosure: Items provided by brand for review.



One of the cardinal rules when it comes to skin care is a no brainer: Choose products based on your skin type.

Duh.

I have oily skin but whenever I use products intended for oily skin, my face would feel raw and tight. So despite the oil slick on my forehead, I've always veered towards gentle, cream type cleansers from Cetaphil and Physiogel, which don't irritate my skin but which don't help with the oilies either. Oh well, that's why God invented oil blotting paper right?

Yves Rocher recently reached out to me to try out the Sebo Vegetal range, its newest line of products intended for combination to oily skin types. The main ingredient Baikal promises a purifying effect that would leave skin matte. And because I'm a sucker for all things Frenchy and skin care, I accepted the challenge.

LuLu Makeup Workshop

Even though you're far from kikay, every girl would do well to learn the basics of makeup application. You won't believe how much well-groomed eyebrows and lipstick can change your look. And since you are the product that you are pushing (yes, believe it or not, you are always selling yourself), it's to your advantage to make sure that that product is presented in the best possible light.

That's why it's great that two of my blogger friends Char and Donnarence have teamed up to come up with a half day makeup workshop that will cover the basics and beyond of makeup application. Knowing these two girls, that workshop will not only prove to be educational it will surely be fun, fun, fun as well!

For inquiries and reservations, contact lulu.makeup@yahoo.com or 0922-8242758.