Friday 10 January 2014

♥ 18th Birthday #TBT ♥

Hey, everyone :) How're you all? I was looking at some old photos and I came across with my 18th Birthday photos. I was going to upload this on 9th Feb which is my 19th birthday but I thought that I wouldn't be able to post it on that day and I also thought that it would be better if I post my 19th birthday photos. I am not posting this to boast, I just want to share it with you, guys :) I also want to look back at this in few years time :) I posted some of these on Facebook but since I deactivated it, you can see some of the captured moments here. Hope you enjoy!
Most of the Filipino girls celebrates our traditional 18th birthday and we call it 'Debut' and the 18th birthday celebrant will be called the debutant. The tradition usually have 18 Roses (boys), 18 Candles (ladies), and 18 treasures. The tradition also have Cotillion Dance where the 18 roses and 18 candles would have to dance alongside with the debutant and her escort.
Unfortunately, I didn't have 18 candles, roses or treasures because I only have few close friends here. If I celebrated it in Philippines I would have had all of it completed. I have escort, though. Not my boyfriend because I don't have one (haha) or crush  because he didn't know I exist, but, my brother.
It was held at Marine Court Hotel, where we rented a room which is a known hotel in our town. It is a common place for people's wedding receptions. Every guest had 3 course meal which they loved because the food that was served were really good! We paid for everyone's food and it was worth it!
I just also had simple decorations because we didn't have time to plan it properly as my parents were busy working and I had exams close to my birthday.  We hired a decorator but the outcome didn't go well as expected. My cousin and I were thinking that if I celebrated it in Philippines, the decorations would look better. But I had a good time and I created a good memory and to me, it's all that really mattered. Not the decorations, food or the place but the presence of my loved ones whom I shared unforgettable memories with.

For entertainment, we hired photographers for Photobooth and a Dj. 2 of my cousins sang for me as well. It was a really good night and I will never forget it.
My DIY centrepiece

The Hotel designed the table and we just provided the centrepiece and the fake rose petal to make it elegant.
I had two 3 tiered cake and 18 cupcakes :)


That laugh though. Hahaha!

I look bad in this photo but this is the only acceptable one of my dad and I when we were dancing. Dad was my first dance!
My brother escorting me.
Mama, Sebastian (dad's friend's son), me.


It was also my mum and dad's 15th Anniversary.
Bestfriend who was barefooted because we were dancing.


 Family and Friends

Family, the photographers in black and Andy.

My cousin who escorted the program.


Tito Rene who is now gone but never forgotten, Auntie Elvie, Mama.

I had a signature frame where every guests have to give write messages and sign it for remembrance.

Us doing Gangnam Style. It was cool by then.
That angle though. Hahaha 

 Take care.
xoxo, Xyza

Friday 3 January 2014

♥ January Favourite Song ♥

Hey, hunnybunchkins! :) Today, I just want to share with you my favourite song at the moment. I heard this song just this week when I was listening to the Soundtrack  of the Disney movie 'Frozen' which is 'Let it Go' by Demi Lovato, which is also a very inspirational song.  

Anyways, my favourite song at the moment is Believe in Me by Demi Lovato. This song means a lot to me as I want to start believing in myself again. To be more confident, face life trials and to do my very best. Whoever you are, be a good one. Do what you want to do, don't listen to what other people say. Always believe in yourself because you only have one life and you have to make it right. Thanks to azlyrics for the lyrics :) If you haven't heard this song ad you want to listen to it, click this.

"Believe In Me"
[Verse 1]
I'm losing myself
Trying to compete
With everyone else
Instead of just being me
Don't know where to turn
I've been stuck in this routine
I need to change my ways
Instead of always being weak
I don't wanna be afraid
I wanna wake up feeling
And know that I'm okay
Cause everyone's perfect in unusual ways
So you see, I just wanna believe in me
La la la la la la la la
[Verse 2]
The mirror can lie
Doesn't show you what's inside
And it, it can tell you you're full of life
It's amazing what you can hide
Just by putting on a smile
I'm quickly finding out
I'm not about to break down
Not today
I guess I always knew
That I had all the strength to make it through
Not gonna be afraid
I'm going to wake up feeling
And know that I'm okay
Cause everyone's perfect in unusual ways
So you see, now, now I believe in me

Now I believe in me 
Always remember that you are beautiful no what size you are. You are beautiful because you are unique in many ways whether it be your:
  • body shape
  • face shape
  • skin colour
  • eyes
  • nose
  • hair type
  • skin type
  • eyebrows
  • lips
  • music taste
  • fashion sense
  • ability and skills
  • talents
 I can name every part of the body that you might get insecure about. I have insecurities and flaws too, but we just have to accept it and love who we are. Don't let society drag you down. As what the song says 'EVERYONE IS PERFECT IN UNUSUAL WAYS'.
I care. I CARE. Godbless :*
Take care.
xoxo, Xyza


Wednesday 1 January 2014

♥ New Year, New Beginnings + 2014 Memory Jar ♥

Hello, lovelies! Sorry, I haven't posted for a while. It's because I was busy preparing for our mock exams, then came Christmas and New Year. So, I was pretty busy. I also got ill during the Christmas break and now that we are about to go back to school, I'm feeling unwell again :P

NEW YEAR is a time to start afresh, to forget the past and move on. If you had an awful 2013, well this is you chance to make it better. It is also good to start the Year with hope, courage, and optimism. Know that God will always be there for you to help you and as Jeremiah 29:11 says, 'For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future'. So surrender your life to God, because he will make a way when there seems to be no way! If you had amazing year last year, then keep doing what you have been doing and try and find simple ways to make it better, or make it the best! It's the Year of the Horse, so we better kick some ass and do our very best!

As what everyone says, 2014 is your new 365 paged book. So make a good one! Create memories, share your time with your loved ones and live life to the fullest!

Anyways, I don't have any beauty post today, but just my New Year's Resolution. I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas and I wish you a magnanimous New Year! :) I'm making my list short, and I might add something along the year.

  1. Be more positive.
  2. Believe in myself. (I suggest you to listen to the song Believe in Me by Demi Lovato.)
  3. Start drawing again.
  4. Let myself know that I am more than enough.
  5. Be more faithful.
  6. Do things that are out of my comfort zone.
  7. Study more so I can achieve my full academic potential.
  8. Make myself stronger.

That is all I can think of for now. What's your New Year's resolution? Are any of them same as mine?  Comment down below :)

I also made my 2014 memory jar. If you don't know what this is, basically, you write the good things, even the smallest one that happen to you on little pieces of paper.
I saw a Facebook post about this and I thought it was a good idea. I was actually going to make one last year but I wasn't as keen in doing it. However, I decided  to definitely make one this year.
In this jar, you can include memories such as:
  • surprise gifts
  • accomplished goals
  • the beauty of nature
  • the "LOL" moments
  • daily blessings
  • and memories that are worth saving
At the end of the Year 2014, you can then open it and see the amazing and wonderful things that happened to you in 2014. I decided to put butterfly in mine because for me, butterfly symbolises hope.

If you are facing difficulties right now, remember that sometimes that hard mountain that you're climbing is just a grain of sand :)

Take care.

xoxo, Xyza

♥ Christmas Photos ♥

This is a very late post. But, hey, better late than never :P
I didn't take food photos of the food except the cake because I was lazy. I didn't even put make up on because we just celebrated it at home with my cousins and some of my Dad's friends. We called it Noche Buena where we had to eat at 12 midnight. I believe Jesus is the reason for Christmas :) Enjoy some of the photos.
From the left: Andy (Dad's friend's son)  Dad, Me, Mum, brother.

From Left: Baby Sebastian (Dad's friend's son), Dad, Bro, Me.

Auntie Elvie and I :)

From Left: Auntie Elvie, Me, Ate Bona, Mama

My cousin Vhem John and I :)

Mama and I :)

My cousin Reyn and I :)

Take care.
xoxo, Xyza


Friday 6 December 2013

♥ Red ♥

Hello, beautiful ladies! :) Red symbolises fierce or anger but for me, red also symbolises Christmas! Ohh, it's the most wonderful time of the year :)  I don't know what to post so I decided to put-on make up, do my nails and take photos. This is just a simple eye-makeup look and shocked by red lipstick.  I was inspired to do this because we just put up our Christmas tree and I feel Christmassy so I decided to do this and I think this look is perfect with black dress :)

I used Next Cashmere Eyeshadow Palette and the Smokey Eyeshadow Palette by H&M. For eyebrows, I used the matte dark brown colour from H&M 36x palette and Avon Superextend Extreme Mascara in the shade black.
For my lips, I decided to Line it with MUA Lip liner and Avon lipstick.
 I know, I don't have the longest nose but, hey, at least I have a nose and I am thankful for it because with it I am able to breathe.
For my nails, I also decided to paint it red. I used Avon and Deborah Lippmann. I forgot to take a photo of it but I might do a nail tutorial so you might see it :) Comment down below if you want me to do one.

And then, the overall look. Hashtag selfie. I'm just actually wearing a pink vest :p Below are some of the products that I used in this look.

 Maxfactor Powder in the shade Nouveau Beige.

Avon Lipstick and Eye primer.

Avon Eye liner in the shade Pitch black and MUA lip liner in the shade Red Drama.

Thanks for visiting my blog and reading this. Please comment down below if you want to see a nail tutorial or if you want to see OOTD. Have a lovely weekend :)
Take care.
xoxo, Xyza 

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