Top: Bershka | Sneakers: Adidas ZX Flux | Skort: Zara | Watch: La Mer | Bangle: Hermes | Necklace: Heirloom | Bag: Prada (same as here)
There are particular days in a month where I roll off the bed and decide to dress down. Being in casual clothing is a nice break from all the corporate and semi-formal frou-frou people see me in on most days. As much as it pains me to admit, beautiful outfits come with a price–from discomfort, to pain, to controlled movements! Admittedly, I’m one to sacrifice comforts for aesthetics (I adhere by the “no pain, no gain” adage) but of course, it’s not to say I won’t be willing to give them up on days when it isn’t as necessary, so to speak.
It’s really about learning to listen to your body–if you think your ankles can no longer take 3-inch heels then seriously, let them rest. I mean, I’m sure it’s much better to be height-less for a day than to withstand bunions for the rest of your life. Short-term pain for long term gain, is what they call it. So above everything else, I pay critical attention to my body’s needs. Yes, I do push it to the limits most of the time as I’m young, free, and all that (yolo) but never past its limit. In fact, I’ve pretty much nailed this technique to the point that I no longer go overboard “tipsy” in parties that involve alcohol (because I am very well aware of the warning signs my body gives off when I no longer feel like me); on top of that, my skin care regimen is always fool-proof from years of practice, my weight is pretty stable despite my unstable food intake and gym visits, and I’m hardly ever sleep deprived (or rather, I keep myself awake on days when I don’t get my full 8-hour ritual with caffeine).
But as I’ve always been pounding on since time immemorial, it’s really all about compromise and balance. There is always a half-way point to marrying your wants and needs… you just have to find a formula that sits well with you.
So this is an outfit that perhaps exemplifies that. I wore this a few weeks ago, on a particularly not-so-toxic-day in the office. Yes, I’m pretty lucky that I work in an industry where we don’t exactly have to wear stiff corporate attires all the time hence there are days when I’d come in trendy sneakers and sportswear (yes, I kid you not). I have to say that I find myself more productive on days when I get to dress comfortable. Here are some more photos:
Speaking of “paying attention” to my body’s needs (and as mentioned above and all the time, mind you), I’m also very meticulous about my cleaning my face. I don’t really have a long step-by-step regimen filled with hundreds of products but I stick to what I know works for me and the best products out there in the market. I mean, I don’t have perfect skin and because of that fact, I feel like I have to exert more effort into taking care of it.
So a lot of you have been asking me how I clean my face on a day-to-day basis, so to speak, and I’ve always been transparent that makeup removal is the first, most critical, and mandatory step for me to ensure good skin. Personally, I always start the process with removing makeup by using wipes before any cleanser or toner is thrown into the mix. I know a lot of people go straight to washing their faces and though that might work for them, I really prefer to utilize wipes just so I get to see how much gunk is on my face at the end of the day. For the longest time, I’ve been using Nivea baby wipes (the one with the elephant icon) because it’s known to be really gentle on the skin. Mine are really sensitive so I really have to stick to “trusted” products. So when I was introduced to another line from Nivea wipes called “3-in-1 deep clean exfoliating wipes”, it piqued my curiosity.
My big issue, since I’m combination dry and oily skin, is that my skin flakes off on certain creases, which are repositories for dead skin. My pet peeve is really on the sides of the nose! I usually scrub it once a week using a beaded cleanser but honestly, I find that it isn’t enough and I really hate putting makeup early in the morning and seeing that my foundation doesn’t cover smoothly because of my flaky skin. Usually, I have to pat on a heavy emulsion to smoothen it out.
Since the product promised “exfoliation”, I opted to use it especially on areas where I’m prone to flake (T-zone). I love the texture of the wipes, to be honest–one side is smooth like any other, while the other has raised dots that gives you a feeling like you’re scrubbing your face. As soon as I’m done removing my makeup, I can really see all dirty and impurities being removed! Plus, my face is all smooth and soft.
Honestly, whenever I try to remove light makeup using a cotton and regular remover (not heavy-duty Shu Uemura ones), I don’t see that much makeup left on my face. Usually, I chalk it to losing its potency as time goes on. However, with these wipes, I can see every single dirt… and I actually appreciate it! It makes me feel like my skin is totally clean. I’m still halfway my first pack but so far, I’m really happy with the results. You can find this in any leading stores nationwide–I got mine from Watson’s so I’m pretty sure you can get a pack of your own there. Trust me, it’s really a great exfoliation tool–gentle but does its job really well. So if I were to recommend a brand and variant for wipes, I’ll definitely go for this!