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What are your biggest skincare regrets? Was it a terrible product or bad skincare advice? We all made mistakes with thinking that everything we read and hear on the internet is the real deal but skin is so complex and unique to each individual that we cannot say a product or routine is a one-size fits all.


We wish it was that easy. We could all just lather coconut oil on our faces and be okay for the rest of the day. But in the real world, coconut oil is not our savior.


Coconut oil might actually be the devil that’s the cause of all your skincare problems—clogged pores, pimples, or greasiness.


Here, I will share the skincare routines, products, advice and beliefs that I fell for. These my top skincare regrets. I deeply regret following everything I read on the internet without doing more research, especially No. 4. 


Like, what the heck was I thinking?!


Coconut Oil cures all skincare problems

You probably think I have it out for coconut oil but it will come as a surprise that I used to love coconut oil because it was seemed like such a powerful product. I mean just go online and you’ll find how coconut everyone says it is good for everything…cooking, daily supplement, hair, skin. It was like a wonder oil.


I was obsessed with coconut oil and would use it in my DIYs: hair mask, deodorant (disaster!), lip balm, face serum, lotion, body butter, cleanser, toothpaste, face scrub, makeup remover and even micellar water. I DIY’ed the crap out of coconut oil.


But I was wrong on so many levels. Coconut oil is not meant for everything.


I watched all these minimalists and environmentalist influencers on Youtube talk about how ALL skincare products are unnatural and bad for the skin, bad for the soul, bad for the planet. One of them even went on to say that to achieve great skin, only coconut oil is necessary.


I fell for it because I loved the idea of not having to care too much about my skin and not having to stress over picking cleansers, serums and moisturizers. Instead, I heard the sweet words of just use coconut oil and all your worries will go away…


Syke!


So for a week, I would put coconut oil on my face every day and just let it sit there. I never washed it off because I thought it was good for the skin a.k.a I was a dumb ass.


I eventually got tired of and hated the sticky, heavy, oily feeling on my face and finally stepped away from the oil. My face felt so clogged and greasy, I knew my skin was suffering. Especially when I started to break out everywhere.


Harsh scrubs work better

I’m sure I’m not the only person who thought that scrubbing harsh scrubs on the face harder would get rid of dead skin cells better to achieve clear skin. Thanks a lot St. Ives!


Nope! We all just got red and irritated skin. More harm done.


Please, if you are still using a physical exfoliator, just stop. Chemical exfoliators such as AHA, BHA and retinol are better and more effective for your skin.


Coffee grounds is a great exfoliator


Oh wow, here’s another one. Just when I thought I couldn’t get any worse, I used coffee grounds with coconut oil to exfoliate my skin.


Why is it so bad?


It’s bad because it damages the skin through micro-tearing. There are small tears on the skin which weaken the skin’s barrier and make skin dry, red and sensitive.


Because coffee grounds are not uniform in size (never shall they be) and may have sharp edges, they are too harsh on the skin and do not work as a face scrub. I’m also a 100% sure that this was one of the reasons my skin got so bad.


Melanin is natural sun protection


Now this is just embarrassing.


I should just face palm-punch myself in the face.


I got this information from the same girl that preached how coconut oil was the ultimate skincare product.


After realizing all the harmful effects of UV rays from the sun, I made sunscreen a daily step in my basic skincare routine. It is important to wear sunscreen every single day in order to avoid sunburn, dark spots and the risk of getting skin cancer.


Derma rolling is the best thing ever

This became super popular and people were obsessed and just raved about it. People were acting like it was more life changing than botox.


I would watch all the derma rolling Youtube videos I could find, read all about it on blogs and Instagram and even spend countless hours online looking for an affordable brand of derma roller.


Thank the heavens I am cheap  and never went out and bought one. So I never got to try it. They are very expensive (in my frugal opinion) and not worth the risk.


Just like botox, there are dangers. Derma rollers can cause irritation or infection if the tool is not cleaned properly. It creates wounds on the face so that there is constant healing and new, younger skin surfaces after the repair. However, as we age, the collagen naturally present in our skin also disintegrates. When you are deliberately creating wounds on your skin, you are causing degradation and speeding up the usage of the collagen.

 

You only need sunscreen when you are at the beach

This is a skincare commandment: Wear sunscreen every day. Even if you are just indoors or if it’s a cloudy day, the sun’s rays can still penetrate through the clouds and the windows. Protect your skin from burning, early signs of aging and dark spots by wearing and reapplying sunscreen religiously.


Makeup wipes are the best

Hahahahaha!


Not enough HAs in the world to make me not regret this one. These seem so convenient and effective to remove all the makeup and gunk on your face but here are the problems:

  • Easy to use? You are tugging at your skin just to remove all the dirt and makeup, this can cause wrinkles to appear earlier.
  • Wiping gently to avoid tugging skin? Sure, but then your face is left not completely clean—makeup and other products may still be there.
  • Follow up with a cleanser? Well, that was a waste. Should’ve just started with the cleanser in the first place.


Trust me, you can’t win with makeup wipes.


Soap as a cleanser

We have all tried this. It’s not just me.


Soap is great at cleaning and it also has less packaging and waste but bad news: Soap is alkaline.


Uumm…okay. What’s wrong with that? Why is soap bad for the face?


Well, my dear friend, the skin is naturally acidic (less than a pH level of 7) and it is protected by the acid mantle. When you use alkaline products too many times, it disturbs the pH level of the skin and damages the acid mantle. This can cause the face to be more susceptible to bacteria, causing acne and build up. Horror show!


I regret following or believing these skincare products and routines but I’m glad I can share them with you and hopefully, you’ve added something new to your skincare knowledge.




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Hey there! Long time no blog :)


Here I am again. Will I apologize for being M.I.A.? Will I make excuses that life got so busy and hectic I barely had time to create blog content? 


Yes, of course I will. What type of blogger would I be if I didn't?


First off, I apologize for not being active on this blog and I have been thinking a lot about what I want this blog to become. Sure, it is still my law student lifestyle blog but I feel like I definitely have not niched it down. I currently talk about law school, skincare, alignment and personal growth on here. I feel like I am all over the place so let's see where this goes and how I will manage to save my little space on the internet from crumbling into a failed passion project.



The life is update is this...


  • Life has gotten so busy. I mean, I'm in my third year of law school. What would you expect? Day in and out, I hit the books, get buried in a mountain of cases and drown in liters of delicious coffee. I am sleep-deprived and dehydrated on most days (Believe it or not, this water lover FORGETS to drink her water smh). On the weekends, if I'm allowed and able, I take long naps during the day, do as much laundry as I can, binge watch some shows and vlogs, spend time with my family, talk to my friends and do some retail therapy. 

         My best coping mechanism is not to even think of the stress. Instead of stressing over the work, I just do the work. Then after a long hard day, my body hits my bed and I'm like "Okay, let's do this again tomorrow." then I drift off to dreamland

  • New normal is difficult to get used to. We took advantage of the world we live in before and didn't bother to think when we washed our hands, where we put our hands or what is personal space. I am literally writing this after coming home from the mall where they would not let me in because I was wearing a mask but I forgot my face shield in the car. It was the most embarrassing and scary experience of my new normal life. Take note to self (and the world): Don't forget the essentials: face mask, face shield, hand sanitizer/rubbing alcohol, tissues/wipes.

  • I have been very consistent and patient with my skincare routine. I am absolutely loving the improvement on my skin. Skincare is life! Also, this means I will be posting a skincare routine soon.

  • Update on my health: I was rushed to the ER on June 30 and they found an infection in my kidney. I had to go through several blood tests, check ups and an ultrasound. Nothing seriously bad is happening with me, no deathly disease. Being sick in a pandemic is not the best thing. I have to take medicines daily and watch my diet but me being me, I am stubborn and still have a pack of medicine untouched. Don't worry, I'm working on it. #SelfCare

  • I've fallen madly insanely in love and happy with someone. The best part is that they are in love with me too. Have I found my life partner? Okay, let's not get too excited. Love moves in mysterious ways. I always believed in love because your girl is a hopeless romantic. Just when I wasn't looking, here he comes changing my world and serenading my heart. I am a very private person and don't have social media or post about every single detail of my life and everything I feel so talking about my new relationship here is something special to me.
That is all folks. Took me an hour to write this. Just needed to update on my blog what is happening in my life.

Love, Bella


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When you enter the hall ways of any law school, you must come prepared. But with today’s new normal going on, the common highlighters and fancy planners won’t really cut it. This is the Law School Supplies List 2.0. This is new normal edition y’all.


Law school will be the adventure of a lifetime. You will not only need the drive, strength and determination but you will also need to prepare the best weapons when you go into battle. Scared yet?


Don’t worry, there’s no blood shed in law school. Though, I will not guarantee there will be no tears and sweat, sleepless nights, caffeine fueled study sessions and mountains of law books and cases involved.


Just like all law students, I am excited and nervous for the upcoming semester. Now that we are in the new normal, everything is definitely changing. For one, my university has come up with a learning continuity plan and created schedules for classes which will solely be online.


Here are the top necessities I will be needing to survive online law school from the obvious to the “just good to have”.




Good and stable internet connection. It’s the best time to invest in a really fast and reliable internet provider since everything being online is becoming pretty prevalent and common. Here in the Philippines, the internet reliability is a big problem factor with the integration of classes and work online and hopefully, the internet companies will help the Filipino people in making internet more accessible through affordable subscriptions and great service.


Laptop/Computer. Any device which can connect to the internet and has a good quality camera is a must with online classes.


Earphones. Buy a pair of good quality earphones so that during online classes, you can really focus and hear what your professor is discussing. It’s also best to wear them in order to avoid disturbance with what other people are doing in the same room or house as you. Your house mates do not need to know that you are discussing Chapter 3 of Banking Laws.


Planner (Digital and Physical). Oh, the good old planner. I think, when it comes to online classes, just have both. Majority of school work will now be online, so it is good to have all your to-do lists, reminders and notes on your computer or device.


As a precaution, also write down everything in your physical planner. Some stuff you must take note of:

  • Email addresses and passwords
  • Log-in details to online classrooms
  • Zoom Meeting ID and Passcodes
  • Deadlines for school stuff


Email address. It comes as a shock that some students do not have an email address dedicated to professional communication or school related emails. When you use your personal email address for school work, there is the tendency that your inbox will be filled up with spam mail, useless social media updates or notifications and subscriptions emails you never open.


Create an email address you will use solely for school work and communication with professors and classmates. If your university provides you with your own student email address, it’s also great to use that one.


Online Storage. Some of the best online storage services I can recommend are Google Drive and Drop Box. They are very easy to use and navigate to organize all your important files.


So, are you ready for your first online class?


I hope you enjoyed this post. Stay safe, always.




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Hi there! It's Bella, your broke full-time law student with some tips and tricks on how to save and earn money on the side.


I quit my job a few weeks after starting law school. All I had were some savings in my bank account and a dream lol. And also, the support of my ever-loving parents. 


There was tuition to be paid and also expenses for books, meals and travel. Aside from selling my stuff (clothes, bags and accessories) online, I try my best to look for ways to save and earn money while working my butt off in law school. Oh, sleepless nights and wounded feelings...


Now that we are in new normal, most of my classes are done online for the time being. I don't need to spend so much on travel expenses to and from school or buy lunch at the cafeteria.


These tips and apps can prove helpful for anyone, not just students.

 

Stop going to coffee shops


Do you really need to sit and study at a coffee shop and drink overpriced lattes?


No, not really.


I used to go to coffee shops and milk tea shops all the time to study. I would spend hours there reading and researching while getting odd glances from baristas and employees. I did get work done but I eventually realized that the cost of a drink adds up to a ton of money wasted on so much sugar and ice.


Instead of going to a coffee shop, find a good spot in your home to study or go to the university library. You are already paying library fees so might as well use the library and also, think about all the unlimited books you can borrow and read. Ooh la la.


Borrow books or buy them second hand


Law books are very expensive probably because they weigh so much. Just kidding.


The best way to save some money for books is to borrow or buy them from a friend (lucky you) or borrow from your university library.


Also, go online and search for students who are willing to sell or rent out their books. They may be old and already filled with highlights and notes but you are still able to read and learn from them and the big plus is you save some big money as well. 


Thrift shopping


Are you cringing yet?


Well, sucks for you because thrifting is an incredible and fun way to save money while staying stylish and helping the planet and small businesses.


I would say I am a passionate thrift shopper because there are so many beautiful and unique clothes you can find at thrift stores. Majority of the clothes I bought and are still in great condition come from thrift stores. There are even some designer brands you can find if you are lucky and willing to rifle through all the clothes racks in the store.


Sell Your Notes


Whaaaattttt?


Yes, it’s possible to earn money by selling copies of your notes. Whoever did this in the first place is a genius!


I personally have not tried doing this because for the love of God my handwriting is not the best and I don’t think anyone would be that interested and willing to buy my notes.


But check on Etsy stores and Instagram and you will find a bunch of student bloggers selling their notes, study cards and reviewers. For a good price too.


So if you are someone with well-organized notes and great penmanship or willing to format type written notes well, give it a go.


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Use Shopback app


An avid online shopper?


Yay, this is the app for you.


If you are interested to join the app, click here to register and get Php100 Cashback Bonus.


Shopback is a cashback rewards platform and it also has coupons, promo codes and discount vouchers and deals for your online shopping needs.


Depending on the online store you choose to purchase from, you receive a percentage of the purchase you made for each transaction.


Let’s say you bought makeup from Shopee. The current cashback for purchases on Shopee is 2%. If you purchased lipsticks and eyeshadow palettes worth Php2,500 from a store in Shopee, you will receive Php50 for the transaction. 


We interrupt this broadcast for some savings...


I have a referral code for Php100 off your first order on Shopee. Use Code RISCH224


Now back to our regularly scheduled programming...


Shopback is a really great and handy app to have on your phone to help you save a bit of money each time you go online shopping. You don’t have to pay extra fees at all.


Remember, if you want to join Shopback and get Php100 Cashback Bonus, click here.

 

Read and Earn with Buzzbreak


Whenever I have a few extra minutes I get on my phone and use Buzzbreak to read news and current events and get points. Once these points add up, I am able to cash out real money into Paypal or Gcash. It’s very easy but note, you won’t be a freaking billionaire from this app. It’s still good to have a bit of extra cash though.


To join the app and earn 1000 points, enter the referral code B08411215 


When you’re waiting in line, sitting in your car or the bus, waiting for your next class or just chilling at home, you can go on the app and earn.


You earn points by:

  • Reading news articles
  • Watching videos
  • Answering surveys
  • Doing tasks (installing/using apps, reaching levels on games)
  • Daily log-in
  • Hourly Rewards
  • Spin the Wheel
  • Free Points (every 30 seconds)


If you want to give Buzzbreak a try (and you should) and earn free 1000 points, click here to download the app and enter this code B08411215 upon registration.


I hope you got some inspiration and ideas on how to save and earn some extra cash. Times are tough nowadays because of the pandemic and new normal but I hope you keep safe and stay positive.



 

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Say hello to August. It's the season of the Leo's. And guess what? It's my birthday this month, so in dedication to becoming a year older and hopefully wiser, I've decided to list down the most life-changing, mind-boggling and close-to-my-heart words of wisdom and life lessons I've collected through the years of my life. Enjoy!

1.       You don’t need a lot of friends to be happy.

2.       Create with the universe, not against it. You are a strong, deliberate creator.

3.       There is no need to obsess over impressing everyone.

4.       Stop comparing yourself to others because it will make you insecure.

5.       Try new things. You’ll be surprised what you learn or enjoy.

6.       Be grateful for the people that help and support you.

7.       When no one is cheering for you, be your own cheerleader.

8.       Stay private. Stay humble. Stay low key.

9.      Be more private in the things you do so you can focus more on you and not on what others are thinking, asking or saying.

10.   Take more pictures if you can and preserve those memories and happy moments.

11.   But also, remember to be in the moment. P.S. get off your phone and live.

12.   Don’t dwell on your mistakes. Reflect on what you have learned and move on.

13.   Achieving dreams will require hard work, perseverance and commitment.


14.   The number of followers you have on social media should not define your happiness.

15.   Social media should not take over your life.

16.   Having clear skin is better than having flawless makeup. Skincare is life!

17.   Don’t keep or allow toxic people back in your life.

18.    Be kind to others. Treat them the way you want to be treated. You will never know the struggles and experiences someone is going through.

19. Healing takes time so be patient. You can't magically change overnight. This applies to a lot of things: skincare, hair care, diet, mental health, break ups and failures.

20. Work and succeed at your own pace. You don't have to hustle everyday because other people are promoting and doing it. Read #4 again, please.

21. Stop setting your expectations of others so high. If you do, you'll just be disappointed all the time. People aren't perfect so stop imagining they are.

22. Wearing sunscreen everyday is very important. Again, skincare is life!

23. It's okay to be single and happy but it's also okay to be single and sad/lonely. Feel your feelings but don't lose yourself based on not having a relationship.

24. It's just the beginning. You're young, ambitious and strong. You will make it!



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