Thursday, January 31, 2008

Miracle Moisturizers For Sale

I'm not the one whose selling the moisturizers but my good and pretty online buddy/pro make-up artist E.J. Belen-Litiatco.
She's popular in Weddings At Work and to other W@Wies who are now N@wies like me :)

I got a chance to meet her last October 2007. I seek her services for the make-up for our studio pre-nup since my make-up artist that I booked for my wedding is not available. I was shy to tell her that I already have a HMUA for my wedding but she told me that it's okay with her since I'm not the only one asked for a trial make-up with her.

Anyways, I recieved an email from her and she's selling her favorite moisturizer which she uses personally. She also used this product as a base for her make-up application to her clients.

Below is the content of her email:

>>> This is my all-time favorite moisturizer!I keep coming back for this wonderful product and personally, I prefer this over the popular brands in the market! I massage this to my face and neck during the day and at night before going to bed. I've noticed my skin became smooth and supple and clients seems to notice my skin! This special moisturizer contains all-natural ingredients (i.e. carrots which is a macrobiotic and rich in vitamin A which makes skin look really smooth and younger looking)and it smells really good! Small amounts of this product goes a long way!It even has sunscreen which some moisturizers doesn't have.Try it now and experience a youthful looking skin! Best to start using as early as 16 years old.

TRIAL SIZE: 80pesos (will last for 2-3weeks)
REGULAR JAR: 200pesos (will last for 2-3months)

For pick-up and coincidental meet-ups.
Shipping arrangements can be discussed.

For orders,please email me at or contact me at 0917-8112065. Thanks!!! <<<

Late Blooomer, Makeups and VMV

In terms of make-up and getting preppy, I can say that I'm a late bloomer. AS IN. Here's a trip down memory lane so you can have an idea how late I am...

When I was in highschool, I didn't worry to much on how I look. I just used Johnson's baby powder on my face then pony tailed my hair and that's it, off I go to school. If it's Friday, it means it's our CAT day (ROTC in college). We are required to wear white barrettes and hairnet before we form our line in our respective groups.
When that time comes, I always asked my classmates to help me put the barrettes on my hair and hairnet....funny as it maybe I really don't know how to fix up my hair.

Then here comes college, still I'm used to the ponytail look and of course the ever reliable Johnson's baby powder. An improvement is that I'm always have a hairbrush or comb in my bag. And also I started to put hairclips during my junior year...hehehehe. And that's it. I'm not into face powder or even lipstick. My skin tends to have rashes when I'm using face powder and I don't like the taste of lipstick (yeah I know that you shouldn't eat it) but there are times where I accidentally taste it. That's me until I graduated from college.

When I started working, I'm still using Johnsons, pony tail look, sometimes I have hairclips, hairbrush/comb and mirror (yeah, an improvement in a must haves department =P ). Then I noticed my friend using an does wonders to her eyes. So it made me think if I could try having one. So I did purchase one. At first, I'm having trouble using it but as time goes by I get the hang of it and I love it! I always tell this to my friends that whoever invented the eyeliner should be given an award! Ahahahaha! The eyeliner makes my eyes more alive especially if I'm on the sleepy edge.

Then I was introduced in using lipgloss. Yup! It was probably in the year 2004 when I started using lipgloss/lip balm. Up to now, I'm still using it because it helps me prevent having chapped lips. Then around 2005, a good friend of mine introduced me the "eye concealer". During that time, it's a must to have an eye concealer since I'm working on a call center and we are always on the graveyard shift. Only problem is that my dearest sister, "borrowed" my concealer and she never returned it. After that, I didn't bother to buy one. I'm not even sure why I didn't.

Now in 2008, my dearest colleagues here in the office (btw, I'm not in a call center anymore) introduced me to using lip and cheek tint. Actually I have one before which is an Avon brand but I used it for my lips only. This time, the lip and cheek tint that I purchased, I'm using it on my cheeks :) It's a VMV product and it only cost me 80 pesos! Nice catch huh?! :) It is metallic bronze then I purchased another lip & cheek tint, also a VMV for 110 pesos which is color light pink :) I decided to used cheek tint just to add a little bit of color in my face...hehehehe.

Aside from that, I also purchased the VMV Armada Face Cover. According to the feedbacks, it's a non-greasy formula which protects your face from UVA, UVB, Infrared and Visible light from the sun. It also helps prevent melasma (dark blotches), photoageing and skin cancer. Sounds like a DIVINE product eh?! I got it for 300 pesos only. All of these happened just this month! (Surprise! Surprise! =P). Special thanks to my deary officemate Rod for selling me the VMV products at a low cost (they are authentic VMV).

So there is my story on how I become aware of using make-ups and how I evolved....ahahaha! With special plugging for VMV :)

Here are the VMV products that I have now...


Since I started my own blog site, I'm busy checking some sites where I can find "tips" in terms of blogging...hehehe. I'm still in the stage where I'm "learning the ropes" so to speak.

Thanks to the peeps in N@W yahoogroups where I'm a member and they started this thread about blogging.

Well, my blog site is just 4 days old. Hopefully, when it's 3 months old I can start building up my contacts and hopefully I will be successful just like the other bloggers :)

For those who accidentally or who visited my site, feel free to add me up and hope we could exchange links ;)


Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Another day at work...

Yipee! Time for me to go home Boxing records

Luckily, I'm not that stressed out compared to yesterday...hmm... I wonder why. Probably it has something to do with the way I worked today Boxing records

I hope that I will get a feedback from my boss in the US. Oh well, another day at work has passed.

A new day tomorrow... another entry/entries at my blog...hehehe.

Bye for now... Boxing records

Looking Haggard

I should've posted this yesterday but since I'm so ready to go home I just signed out from my blog and the other tools I'm using in the office and shutdown my PC. Free Smileys at Clipart

I'm so stressed out yesterday. I'm working on these 2 requirements and I'm having trouble getting the ideal candidate to be presented to my boss in the US. Geeez! I looked older yesterday than any other days that I've started working here.

One of my officemate who is a gay noticed the haggardness on my face and this is our conversation...

Gay Officemate: "Joanne, you look haggard today. Do you have a problem? Are you and your husband broke up?"
Me: (knock on wood 3 times) "Loka! We are still together"

Oh well, can't blame them if they have that perception. After all, last month I'm always ranting on how my husband is so into playing DOTA that there are times that I want to leave him....hehehehe.

Hopefully, this day will be better. My officemate advise me to put a cheek tint. Hmmm... I'm not really into makeup but it doesn't hurt to get preppy every once in awhile, right?
Free Smileys at Clipart

Monday, January 28, 2008

How to Have a Relationship That Will Last

Got this article from Bo Sanchez's website. Hope it will be useful for all types of relationships. Read on and take some time to ponder....

Yes, Opposites Attract - But Will The Attraction Make a Relationship Endure to The End?

Partners can differ on tastes—perhaps the woman loves Italian pasta but the man eats only adobo and paksiw. Partners can differ on the best way to spend their weekend—perhaps he likes mountain climbing but she likes answering sudoku at home. Partners can differ in personality—perhaps he likes to listen and she likes to talk.

All these differences are fine. They can complement each other.

But at the end of the day, it’s the COMMON things that will HELP hold a marriage together. Especially (1) common values, (2) common vision, and (3) common passions.

If you’re married, and you want to strengthen your marriage, then CREATE common values, common vision, and common passions together. Work on them!

And if you’re not yet married, be sure to find someone who shares with you your values, vision, and passions.

Live with purpose,
Bo Sanchez

8 Things No One Tells You About Marriage

The surprising, enlightening, and sometimes hard truths we all face after we walk down the aisle — and how they teach us about what love really means.
By Ylonda Gault Caviness

"...And they lived happily ever after." You're smart. You know life is no storybook. But admit it: Somewhere deep in your subconscious lurk romantic visions of Cinderella, or maybe Julia Roberts. The images may be sketchy and a little outdated, but you can still make out the silhouette of the bride and Prince Charming riding off into the sunset.

In real life, sometimes your Disney fairy tale ends up feeling more like a Wes Craven horror flick — and you're the chick who keeps falling down and screaming for her life. I've been there.

Let's face it, marriage is not for the faint of heart. You want to believe your pure love for each other will pull you through. And it does. But it ain't always pretty.
That may sound grim. But here's a secret: Sometimes it's the least romantic parts of marriage that have the most to teach you about yourself, your partner, and the nature of love. Read on for some simple truths that will unlock the surprising treasures and pleasures in your imperfect, unstorybook, real-life love.

1. You will look at the person lying next to you and wonder, Is this it? Forever?When you get married, you think that as long as you pick the right guy — your soul mate — you'll be happy together until death do you part. Then you wake up one day and realize that no matter how great he is, he doesn't make you happy every moment of every day. In fact, some days you might wonder why you were in such a hurry to get married in the first place. You think to yourself, This is so not what I signed up for.Actually, it is. You just didn't realize it the day you and your guy were cramming wedding cake into each other's faces, clinking champagne glasses, and dancing the Electric Slide. Back then you had no idea that "for better and for worse" doesn't kick in only when life hands you a tragedy. Your relationship mettle is, in fact, most tested on a daily basis, when the utter sameness of day-in/day-out togetherness can sometimes make you want to run for the hills.That's when the disappointment sneaks in, and maybe even a palpable sense of loneliness and grief. It's not him. It's just you, letting go of that sugarcoated fantasy of marriage that danced in your eyes the day you and your beloved posed in all those soft-focus wedding photos. You're learning that marriage isn't a destination; it's a journey filled with equal parts excitement and tedium.Waking up from a good dream to face the harsh morning daylight may not seem like a reason to celebrate. But trust me, it is. Because once you let go of all the hokey stories of eternal bliss, you find that the reality of marriage is far richer and more rewarding than you ever could have guessed. Hard, yes. Frustrating, yes. But full of its own powerful, quiet enchantments just the same, and that's better than any fairy tale.

2. You'll work harder than you ever imagined.
Early on, when people say, "Marriage takes work," you assume "work" means being patient when he forgets to put down the toilet seat. In your naiveté, you think that you will struggle to accommodate some annoying habit, like persistent knuckle cracking or flatulence.If only it were that easy. Human beings, you may have noticed, are not simple creatures. Your man has mysterious, unplumbed depths — and from where he sits, you're pretty complicated, too. You have to learn each other the same way that you once learned earth science or world geography. And getting married doesn't mean you're done — it just means you've advanced to graduate-level studies. That's because every time you think you've mastered the material, he'll change a bit. And so will you. As two people grow and evolve, the real work of marriage is finding a way to relate to and nurture each other in the process."It's like losing weight," says Andrea Harden, 45, of Buffalo, NY. "You want it to be a one-time deal. You lost it, now just live. But then you learn it's a lifestyle. That's marriage. The effort is a forever thing." So don't be too hard on yourself — or him — on those days when you feel like you're struggling through remedial math.

3. You will sometimes go to bed mad (and maybe even wake up madder).
Whoever decided to tell newlyweds "Never go to bed angry" doesn't know what it's like inside a bedroom where tears and accusations fly as one spouse talks the other into a woozy stupor until night meets the dawn. If this scenario sounds familiar, I've got three words for you: Sleep on it.You need to calm down. You need to gain perspective. You need to just give it a rest. I've found that an argument of any quality, like a fine wine, needs to breathe. A break in the action will help you figure out whether you're angry, hurt, or both, and then pinpoint the exact source. Maybe the fight that seemed to erupt over the overflowing garbage can is really about feeling underappreciated. Could be you're both stressed out at work and just needed to unload on someone. Taking a break will help you see that, and let go. Or maybe you really do have a legitimate disagreement to work out. Without a time-out, sometimes a perfectly good argument can turn into an endless round of silly back-and-forth, rehashing old and irrelevant transgressions as you get more and more wound up.Even when you do manage to stay focused and on topic, there are some fights that stubbornly refuse to die by bedtime. And if you stifle your real feelings just to meet some arbitrary deadline, your marriage will surely be the worse for it. "This was a huge lesson for me," says Andrea. "As women we've been trained to make nice. But the whole kiss-and-make-up thing just to keep the peace was eating me up inside. I'd let things build up inside me until I just exploded. Now I wait a while to get hold of myself — let the emotions settle a bit — and state my position. Even if that means reopening the fight the next day."

4. You will go without sex — sometimes for a long time — and that's okay.
There are few men in the Western world sexier than my husband. And I don't say this because I know he may read this article. I've seen women checking him out when they think I'm not looking. (Honestly, ladies, you don't have to sneak a peek. I don't mind if you stare.) That said, there are times that I just don't feel like having sex — often for reasons that have nothing to do with Genoveso. (See? Even his name is sexy.) I can't lie and say this is always okay with him. But the fact is, there are also plenty of nights when he's not in the mood. So maybe a few days go by when we don't do it. And then a few more. And....Sexless periods are a natural part of married life. A dry spell isn't a sign that you've lost your mojo or that you'll never have sex again. It just means that maybe this week, sleep is more important than sex. (I don't know about you, but between work, 3 a.m. feedings, the PTA, soccer, T-ball, and everything else, I sometimes crave sleep the way a pimply, hormonal adolescent longs to cop a feel.)And don't kid yourself; no one in America is doing it as often as popular culture would have you believe. Instead of worrying about how much you think you "should" be having sex, keep the focus on figuring out your own rhythm. "I used to think, What's happened to us? We always used to be in the mood," says 35-year-old Kim Henderson of Oakland, CA, who's been married for five years. "Now I know better. Life happens. My husband just started a new job. He has a long commute, and we have two small children. I think we're good."The key is to make sure that even if you're not doing "it," you're still doing something-touching, kissing, hugging. Personally, my heart gets warm and mushy when my husband rubs my feet after a long, tiring day. He may not be anywhere near my G-spot, but that little bit of touch and attention keeps us connected even when we're not having spine-tingling sex.

5. Getting your way is usually not as important as finding a way to work together.
I can be a bit of a know-it-all. There, I said it. It's really not my intention to be hurtful or brash with people I love. It's just that a lifetime of experience has taught me that in most areas, at most times, I am right about most things. What shocked me several years into my marriage, though, was the realization that the more "right" I was, the more discontented my husband and I were as a couple. See, oddly enough, throughout his life Genoveso has been under the misguided impression that he's right most of the time (go figure!). So we'd lock horns — often. That is, until I learned a few things.Namely, that when it comes to certain disagreements, there is no right or wrong — there is simply your way of looking at things and your husband's. "I used to be very black-and-white earlier in our marriage," says Lindy Vincent, 38, who lives in Minneapolis. "Now I see that I'm not all right and my husband is not all wrong. There's more gray in life than I thought, and that's taught me patience and the value of compromise."
The more I get to know and appreciate my husband for who he is, the more I respect his positions. That doesn't mean I always agree with him. But I can see the value in striking a balance that satisfies us both. And instead of harping on how wrong he is, I can usually swallow the verbal vitriol and simply say something like, "I see your point" or "I hadn't considered that." After I sincerely acknowledge his view, it seems to become easier for him to hear mine. And because I know I'm being heard, most of the time now, I don't even want to prove how right I am anymore. Funny how that works, isn't it?

6. A great marriage doesn't mean no conflict; it simply means a couple keeps trying to get it right.
Maybe you think that because of my newfound wisdom, Genoveso and I never fight anymore. Ha! As important as it is to strike a balance, it's also important to have a big, fat fight every now and then. Because when you fight, you don't just raise your voices; you raise real — sometimes buried — issues that challenge you to come to a clearer understanding of you, your man, and your relationship. I wouldn't give up our fights for anything in the world, because I know in the end they won't break us; they'll only make us stronger.

7. You'll realize that you can only change yourself.
Ever seen the '80s sci-fi cult classic Making Mr. Right? When the stylish heroine, played by Ann Magnuson, is hired to teach a robot how to act like a human, she seizes the chance to create a perfect guy. A hotshot commercial whiz, she uses her marketing prowess to shape John Malkovich's android character into her personal version of the ideal man — sensitive, eager to please, and willing to listen.There is a bit of that makeover fantasy in all of us — something that makes us believe we can change the person we love, make him just a little bit closer to perfect. We may use support and empathy or shouts and ultimatums, but with dogged conviction we take on this huge responsibility, convinced we're doing the right thing.Whatever our motives, the effort is exhausting. Transforming a full-grown man — stripping him of decades-old habits, beliefs, and idiosyncrasies — is truly an impossible task. And you will come to realize, sooner than later if you're lucky, that it is far easier to change the way you respond to him.Here's a perfect case in point: "I used to go off on my husband because he didn't empty the sink trap when he cleaned the kitchen," says Kimberly Seals Allers, 36, of Bay Shore, NY. "It got me nowhere; my rants only made him resentful. Now I come home and when the kitchen looks clean, I'm like, 'Cool, now all I have to do is empty the sink trap.'"

8. As you face your fears and insecurities, you will find out what you're really made of.
I've got issues. Trust issues. Control issues. And others, I'm sure, that I've yet to fully discover. I guess I've always known I wasn't perfect. But in more than a decade of marriage, I've been smacked upside the head with the cold, hard evidence.There were clues when Genoveso and I were dating, especially with the trust thing. Early on, I was supersuspicious of him. He used to say things like, "I'll call you at 8." Then, just to try to trip me up, he'd call at 8. I knew he was up to something, I just couldn't figure out what. The same kinds of experiences followed after the wedding. Except occasionally he would actually mess up. And I had no sense of scale when it came to rating his offenses; everything was a major violation. Whether he teased me about a new haircut or came home late, I seethed for days and even let thoughts of divorce creep into my head. I figured, if he loved me — really and truly — this stuff wouldn't happen.

I'd like to be able to say that this irrational behavior lasted only a few months and I eventually worked it out. Kind of, sort of, is closer to the truth. After years of looking deeply into my soul and talking to good friends and the best sister a girl could ever have, I've come to recognize certain things about myself. Not to get all Dr. Phil about it, but I've had to examine my history with an emotionally distant dad and a strong-willed mom and face up to all the ways, both good and bad, that those relationships have affected how I approach my marriage.I still struggle as a work in progress. But I am completely clear in the knowledge that many of the deepest frustrations in your relationship are an opportunity for you to confront yourself. That can be difficult to accept — after all, it's so much more comforting to keep a running tab of your hubby's deficits and tell yourself that his failings are the only thing standing between you and a better marriage. But if you let it, this bumpy journey toward self-awareness can be one of the more fulfilling rewards of a committed, long-term relationship — you'll learn to love your quirks and be compassionate toward yourself, just as you're learning to do with him.

That's the strange beauty of marriage: It's full of hard times and hard lessons that no one can ever prepare you for. But in the end, those are the things that give richness to your life together — and make your love even deeper and stronger than when it began

The Secret to a Lasting Marriage: Embrace Imperfection

My dear friend from college, Rachel sent me this email and it's an eye opener for married couples and singles alike. Learn to embrace the imperfections of the ones you love

The Secret to a Lasting Marriage: Embrace Imperfection

by Deb Graham - Contributor

When I was a little girl, my mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. And I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work.

On that evening so long ago, my mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage, and extremely burned toast in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed! Yet all my dad did was reach for his toast, smile at my mom, and ask me how my day was at school.

I don't remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that toast and eat every bite! When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my mom apologize to my dad for burning the toast. And I'll never forget what he said: "Baby, I love burned toast."

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his toast burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, "Debbie, your momma put in a hard day at work today and she's real tired. And besides-a little burnt toast never hurt anyone!"

In bed that night, I thought about that scene at dinner and the kindness my daddy showed my mom. To this day, it's a cherished memory from my childhood that I'll never forget. And it's one that came to mind just recently when Jack and I sat down to eat dinner.

I had arrived home late as usual and decided we would have breakfast food for dinner. Some things never change, I suppose!
To my amazement, I found the ingredients I needed, and quickly began to cook eggs, turkey sausage, and buttered toast. Thinking I had things under control, I glanced through the mail for the day. It was only a few minutes later that I remembered that I had forgotten to take the toast out of the oven!

Now, had it been any other day -- and had we had more than two pieces of bread in the entire house -- I would have started all over. But it had been one of those days and I had just used up the last two pieces of bread. So burnt toast it was!

As I set the plate down in front of Jack, I waited for a comment about the toast. But all I got was a "Thank you!" I watched as he ate bite by bite, all the time waiting for some comment about the toast. But instead, all Jack said was, "Babe, this is great. Thanks for cooking tonight. I know you had a hard day."

As I took a bite of my charred toast that night, I thought about my mom and dad how burnt toast hadn't been a deal-breaker for them. And I quietly thanked God for giving me a marriage where burnt toast wasn't a deal-breaker either!

You know, life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I'm not the best housekeeper or cook. And you might be surprised to find out that Jack isn't the perfect husband! He likes to play his music too loud, he will always find a way to avoid yard work, and he watches far too many sports. Believe it or not, watching " Golf Academy " is not my idea of a great night at home!

But somehow in the past 37 years Jack and I have learned to accept the imperfections in each other. Over time, we have stopped trying to make each other in our own mold and have learned to celebrate our differences. You might say that we've learned to love each other for who we really are!

For example, I like to take my time, I'm a perfectionist, and I'm even-tempered. I tend to work too much and sleep too little. Jack, on the other hand, is disciplined, studious, an early riser, and is a marketer's dream consumer. I count pennies and Jack could care less! Where he is strong, I am weak, and vice versa.

And while you might say that Jack and I are opposites, we're also very much alike. I can look at him and tell you what he's thinking. I can predict his actions before he finalizes his plans. On the other hand, he knows whether I'm troubled or not the moment I enter a room.

We share the same goals. We love the same things. And we are still best friends. We've traveled through many valleys and enjoyed many mountaintops.

And yet, at the same time, Jack and I must work every minute of every day to make this thing called "marriage" work!

What I've learned over the years is that learning to accept each other's faults - and choosing to celebrate each other's differences - is the one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting marriage relationship.

And that's my prayer for you today. That you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your married life and lay them at the feet of GOD. Because in the end, He's the only One who will be able to give you a marriage where burnt toast isn't a deal-breaker!

What do my Stars say about ME?

Lets101 Quizzes - Fun Quiz

JOANNE stands for...

What Joanne Means

J is for Joyful

O is for Organic

A is for Adventurous

N is for Nerdy

N is for Naive

E is for Ebullient

15th Travel Tour Expo 2008

Press Releases
PTAA signs SM group as host of country’s biggest travel expo
Pasay City , October 9, 2007 -- The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement with SMX Convention Center for the holding of the 15 th Travel Tour Expo (TTE) from 15 to 17 February 2008.
The biggest annual travel expo in the country will be transferring to the newly built 46,074 square meter SMX Convention Center in Pasay City next year as the PTAA expects to double the number of visitors to the event.
Over the last three years, the TTE has averaged over 60,000 visitors that searched for tour and travel packages from at least 180 exhibitors.
The SMX Convention Center is envisioned to become the country's biggest venue for trade and cultural events.
Established in 1979, the PTAA is the leading partner of the government in the promotion of tourism in the country.

Special thanks to one of N@wies member who posted this info. I have no idea that there is a travel expo where everyone can have the best deals for travel and tour packages. Last year, I was so hype in the wedding preps that I'm always present in the Wedding Expo...ahahahaha!

Sooo happy to see this info. I'll make a note on my calendar to go here. After all we never had our much deserve "Honeymoon".

For those who want to be involved in this event, just click this link to register -