I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. ~ W.E. Henley

Should I Believe Maricar Reyes? - Contractubex


I am in an exposé mood to try Contractubex now that I have lots of free time after I took all the exams needed to end the last semester.  Summer is already here and how am I supposed to strut around in micro-mini shiz when Im having a skin crisis?  

You know, when you have so many things running in your mind, you forget some not so important stuff.  I forgot to cut my nails!  Mosquitoes are everywhere too and because I have no patience, the inevitable happened.  

My scabs :(

The directions said to apply 3-4 times a day on the affected area massaging it on the skin until the gel gets absorbed.

  • The formula is a gel-like consistency so its not sticky or slimy.
  • It smells like roses!
  • It leaves a minty and tingly feeling after applying it.
  • It's effin expensive! P490+ for a 10g tube!
  • I dont buy the pitch on keloid scars.  
  • Its laborious! 3x a day?! 
Maricar Reyes from PEX
Stay tuned to this blog post as I will update this to conclude Maricar Reyes' credibility.  (ehhe just kidding!)

Meet Me on a Monday 01

Monday is always a party pooper and for some weird reason I find Im just too lazy and stubborn to do anything on a Monday!  Glad to have found this blogging routine from friend Monettski fit to counteract the blues brought forth by this day.  So here goes!

1.  Crunchy or soft tacos?

- Depends on the level of hunger Im suffering.  The hungrier the easier it should go down on my throat.  Think less than 7 seconds!

2.  Do you scrapbook?

- Only when Im academically compelled to do so.  Only the threat of having to repeat a silly subject can make me do this.  Not that I dont like the craft but Ive long accepted the fact that I have no artistic-crafty gene in me.  It's sad I know!

3.  Do you take any daily medications?

- Not anymore.  I used to take meds for 1 whole year.  I hate medications!

4.  What is your favorite sound?

- Silence!  Strong breeze second and the sound of my evil laugh lol!

5.  Where were you born?

- Born and raised in the island of Cebu, where fine things arent that much of a biggie. ;)

Every Sunday Never Growing Old will post five get to know you  questions that you can copy and paste into your own Monday post and we  can all learn a little more about each and every one of us!!

Beautynomics 5th Year Anniversary Contest!

Im happy to share to you Beautynomic's big anniversary celebration!

Win prizes from Avon, Pond’s, L’Oreal Paris, The Body Shop, PureDerm, Obagi, Beauty & Minerals, Goodskin Labs and Golla! Visit Beautynomics’ 5th Year Anniversary Contest entry to know how!

Prizes up for grabs?
1. 5 Pond’s Gift Packs ( full range of either Pond’s Gold Radiance, Flawless White, or Age Miracle )
2. 1 The Body Shop Shiso White Skin Care range
3. 5 L’Oreal Paris Gift Packs + Charm Luxe Kabuki Brush
4. 5 Avon Gift Packs mixed with Purederm Goodies
5. 5 Golla Bags with Pond’s Dual Action UV Therapy Eye Cream inside each bag!
( 3-12-11 update :  here are the descriptions – 1 Golla Ipod Touch/Iphone Pouch, 1 Golla Ipad Messenger Bag, 2 Golla Laptop Sleeves, and 1 very cute Golla Laptop bag! )
6. 1 Obagi C-Rx Set ( Cleanser, Toner, Moisturizer )
7. 1 Kerastase Hair Care Set ( Basic Nutritive Set )
8. 1 Special Gift Pack from Goodskin Labs ( latest added : March 4, 2011 )

A total of 24 awesome prizes!

The contest will run from Feb. 28 until end of March. Winners will be announced by the first week of April. Winners within Metro Manila need to claim their prizes in a designated office;  outside Metro Manila winners will get the prizes through shipping.

Y101 Stylista of the Week & Y101 Promos!

There is no such thing as a  Cebu fashion crowd.  All of Cebu is fashionable period.  It doesnt take a microscope to validate that fact.  *cough Monique Lhuillier, Kate Torralba, Jun Escario.  I may have a to do a big catching up on the fashion almanac but I know my island.

I love that Y101 FM is taking the step to showcase the unreserved and unpretentious Cebuano fashion sense.    This should serve as an official holler to my fellow fabulously noble dwellers of the Queen City of the South!
Submit photos of your normal fashionable self to y101stylista@yahoo.comand be hailed Y101's Stylista of the Week just like these two ladies!  
You get to win goodies too!

 Dale Wesley Banaag
Chennie Montero

You know how much I love joining giveaways for freebies.  I also have to share Y101's 3/21 Lottery and as of press time the pot is at PHP7000!  It's really easy to join and win.  

Goodbye Grade School!

Not so long ago our youngest was just this tiny thing looking up at us with so many questions to ask.  

Now the questions become less and less as she seeks out the answers herself.

But we'll never tire of answering each one of them.  
May you never be afraid to ask; may you never be bold enough to find out on your own.

Shen's Addiction: Shen's Addiction 3rd Anniversary Giveaway!

"Finally! The day has come!! It's Shen's Addiction's Third Anniversary!! :)

I love giveaways!  I have a tab especially dedicated to awesome ones I come across online.  Shen was one of the first few beauty blogs I followed when I started my own thing in the blogosphere.  Now she's doing this covetous beauty giveaways that you beauty junkies out there simply cant ignore! ^^ Shen's addiction has also become mine!

Without further ado! Here it is!

For a chance to win some fabulous prizes from brands like ....

Pond's, Bobbi Brown, Avon, Kiehl's, Ellana, The Body Shop, Kerastase, Neautrogena, House of Obagi, Revlon, Sakura Bella, One Naturales, Clinelle, Maybelline, L'oreal Paris, L'oreal Professionel, Myra and more!!!...

all you have to do is do follow the Mechanics. (read the rest of Shen's post for a surprise!)"

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    If you are selected for a campaign, you will be notified via e-mail of new assignments and given a brief to compose your posts in any way you want with a few required keywords. Your tweets will go out on a schedule and after it does, earnings will be credited into your account.

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    Vixen's Reads: My French Whore by Gene Wilder

    Wookies! So you've read my book list.  Here goes my first book reflection.  ^^

    An American Private soldier purporting to be a well known and respected German spy falls in love with a French whore.
    • Love story
    • World War II setting
    • A handful of characters 
    • Very light reading
    • Young adult readability

    Points I have pondered on:

    What is cowardice?
    I have barely lived my life yet to know exactly what it is to be a coward.  Sometimes I think it is the greed for power and prestige that seem very cowardly.  But thinking it over, that's just being spineless.  In the story, at first Private Peachy would appear to be someone we would call a coward.  Running away from an ensuing exchange of fires does warrant that. How about having to lie through your teeth and pretend to be someone you are not just to save your life, is that bravery?  It seems there is a fine line between cowardice and bravery.  I wonder who gets to judge the distinction.  That is hard!

    Love in the oddest places.
    In a time of crisis and devastation, only the purest form of love flourish.  It is when you are surrounded by deception that you trust your gut-feeling when you find yourself in the dark groping for sincerity behind all the lies.  Love is all that remains true.  We should hold on to it and cherish it.  Although finding out the truth makes everything else a lie, love would be the only exception.  No amount of lies can mask the love that came from those same lies.  Tough times give love the deepest of roots.

    Friends vs Alliances
    How do you honor friendship while staying true to your duty as an enemy?  It is a tough choice.  Many of us go through this everyday.  It's a choice we make while doing our jobs yet helping a friend would mean betraying a sworn oath.  In friendship there is no paper documents detailing your terms as friends, neither is there an oath to speak of.  Yet it is demandable, challenged and invoked as if its the most stringent of contracts.

    When life give you lemons, you make lemonades to drink in celebrating friendships and love.  What is cowardly, is to sell the lemons as it is.

    Caveat: Shoe Envy

    “Terrorism, hurricanes, and acts of God can’t part a true Imelda from her shoes,”

    - Jane Blahnik

    Every woman has a button somewhere up her brain that gets turned on by the sight of the perfect pair of shoes.  Any man would be silly to just think that that's just one pair.  What we don't tell you is that the perfect pairs of shoes can occupy half of the living room space if we don't exercise self restraint.  A woman doesnt have to be an Imelda Marcos or Eva Peron fan to be a shoe whore.  Shoes make me happy!  It is almost second to sweets.  Spending an extra hour on the ladies shoe department when you only intend to buy socks is fairly typical dont you think?  

    from pensandlens
    Recently Sweet has been arousing my shoe desires by posting her new Jeffrey Campbell shoes.  Not one but two pairs and definitely not from her own money!  Yup!  The man gifted them to her as a 10 year anniversary present.  Whoah!  FYI:  This post is colored green for a reason.  That bitch friend of mine is being spoiled showered with love and affection.  How loving!

    Girlfriends, route your men to Bluefly or Shopbop to give him hints on what you really want.   

    Boyfriends, a fair warning: It all starts with just shoes, then later on evening dresses and designer handbags.  

    As for me, well I'm just waiting for the perfect prey I can rob blind to get this beauty.  
    Alexander McQueen

    red satin crystal appliquéd peep toe pumps


    A Vixen's Reads: My Booklist

    If anyone would pay attention to my book collection, it would be easy to conclude that I dig World War II genres.  I find that era fascinating, heart wrenching and exciting all at the same time.  My term paper back in high school, if I remember it right, was about the cruelties of that war.  Although I get horrified in reading holocaust tales, my interest and curiosity progresses exponentially.  I even got my self a hard copy of Hitler's Mein Kampf just to pick his brain.  

    Not to make this post longer than it would be, I present my minuscule but fairly filling collection written in my ghastly handwriting! 

    The Secret Garden - Frances Hudson Burnett
    The Problem of Pain - C.S. Lewis
    The Reader - Bernhard Schlink
    The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli
    The House of the Spirits - Isabel Allende

    My French Whore - Gene Wilder
    The Art of War - Sun Tzu
    One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
    The New Reich - Michael Schmidt

    Getting In Touch With Your Inner Bitch - Elizabeth Hilts
    The True Stella Awards - Randy Cassingham
    Angela's Ashes - Frank McCourt
    Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
    The Real McCoy - Darin Strauss

    The Woman Who Rode Away - D.H. Lawrence
    The Devils Advocate - Morris West
    Primary Colors - Anonymous
    I Love You, Ronnie - The Letters of Ronald Reagan to Nancy Reagan
    Mein Kampf - Adolf Hitler

    Wall Street - Kenneth Lipper
    Katharine Hepburn - Sheridan Morley
    A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
    Major Works of William Wadsworth
    Rich Dad, Poor Dad - Robert Kiyosaki

    Japan Against the World - Russel Braddon
    Tao Teh Ching - Lao Tzu
    Hamlet - William Shakespeare
    Virgin Suicides - Jefferey Eugenides
    Cannery Row - John Steinbeck

    I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou
    Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
    Rage of Angels - Sidney Sheldon
    Gullivers Travels and Other Writings - Jonathan Swift
    This Boy's Life - Tobias Wolff

    Memories of My Melancholy Whores - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
    The Scarlet Letter - Nathaniel Hawthorne
    Veronika Decides to Die - Paolo Coelho
    The Aryan Myth - Leon Poliakov

    The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
    The Woman Who Had Two Navels - Nick Joaquin
    Like The Flowing River - Paolo Coelho
    Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
    Chronicles of a Death Foretold - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Paboritong Libro ni Judas - Bob Ong
    The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
    Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    The Poison Wood Bible - Barbara Kingsolver
    Always a Reckoning - Jimmy Carter

    The Pilot's Wife - Anita Shreve
    Satan's Underground - Lauren Stratford
    By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept - Paolo Coelho
    Moby Dick - Herman Melville
    The Politics of Law - David Kairys

    The Love Spell - Phyllis Curott
    Introduction to Critical Thinking - Bruce Reichenbach
    The Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren

      Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience:  this is the ideal life.  ~Mark Twain

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    Officially www.damnvixen.com Baby!

    "Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?" -Frida Kahlo 

    Whew! What a feat! I think I deserve a pat on the back for teaching myself how to go about domain registration.    Im talking about almost 8 hours of figuring out how this alien thing works!  It also helps when you have IT friends (ehem! J-A-N-E) whom you can pester 24/7.  But for someone who had just encountered cryptic terms like DNS and CNAME eklavoos, I have all the reason and right to be ecstatic.  I dare anyone to burst my bubble! 

    I registered my domain with 1and1 simply because I can afford it and I have a handful of friends who work for this company too.  They do need a verified Paypal account or a credit card as a payment method so thank God I'm friends with the most trusting and thoughtful girl I know!  Sweet I owe you heaps for the big big help!

    So what happens next?  I have big plans for MY site of course!  Plans I commit myself to actualize.  Here's a tentative To-Do list:

    1. Blog roll - I've been an avid follower of various blog and news sites that are just so fun yet informative to read.  I'd love to share with you what feeds my brain these days!  Im going to organize it well just you wait and see.  ^^
    2. Book list - Some of you may know that I love shopping for thrift books more than I love digging into a pile of used clothes ( going ukay-ukay).  The list will include a reflection of what I read about.  Note: reflection and not a review because Im no literary critique.  
    3. More beauty reviews - I will let you in on my recent hauls that fuel my "slight" narcissism.  Im keeping this real as in student budget real.
    4. Fashion pitches - Expect wearable styles.  Not too shabby not high street fashion either.  Think: Character and Attitude.
    5. Lookbook - I love Lookbook because it feeds my covetousness!  A girl has got to have an envious bone somewhere inside her to arouse motivation and inspiration.  I know it gets my ass working!
    6. Guest bloggers - I will commission a few people to write here for variety.  I too get sick of myself sometimes so this move hopefully would make you realize Im worth missing. ;)  My brother has shown interest in filling in this role.  Imagine my worry.

    This blog has always been my tool for self affirmation.  As I re-read my previous posts I relish in the thought that despite my flaws and failures this is the one thing Im sure to be good at.  When I write I fly, who needs feet?  It is in The ViXeN's LaiR that I have wings to fly!  Rising like a phoenix!