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From K-Drama to K-beauty real quick.
If you're obsessing over everything Korean—from K-Drama to KBBQ to 10-step Korean skin care—make room for this book in your shopping cart! Summit Books just released Unnie, You're So Pretty: Korean-Inspired Skincare, Makeup, and Fashion Basics for Every Pinay. It's an all-one-guide to Korean-inspired skin ...
 
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It's a simple beauty routine, too!
Aside from their romantic TV dramas and movies, Koreans are also known for their flawless skin. Not only do they eat healthy, but they also observe a detailed skin care routine that addresses their skin's needs. But that doesn't apply to women ...
 
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Healthy, glowing skin coming right up!
While there are a lot of girls who practice a spick and span skin care routine to make sure they have nothing short of great skin all year round, a lot of them skip the much-recommended monthly facials because they don't see ...
 
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Better pores and better lifestyle coming right up!
Here's a not so secret-secret, Candy Girls, every girl wants great skin. And we're not just talking about a zit-free face, we're talking about a naturally glowy, dewy, and poreless skin. Although shrinking your pores is not possible contrary to popular beliefs, ...
 
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It's time to refresh your skin care routine now.
If you're a huge skin care junkie, then you have to know that nothing beats how meticulous Koreans can get when it comes to their skin care routine. K-beauty has introduced a long list of beauty tips and tricks that every girl ...
 
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Yes, there is such a thing as a Korean lip care routine.
It's no secret that the Korean skin care routine is definitely not for the lazy girl. But whether you're into an elaborate 10-step skin care regimen or you're a classic cleanse-tone-moisturize type of girl, there's no denying the Korean skin care routine works ...
 
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AHA, BHA, WHA(T)? Acid toning is not as scary as you think.
K-Beauty has been all the rage in the beauty department—from makeup to skin care—you name it! Today we're sharing with you the latest K-Beauty trend that's about to shake up the skin care scene and the secret to Kim Bok Joo's flawless ...
 
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Crazy for K-culture? This one's for you.
There's a strong love for Korean culture in the country. From fashion to beauty, food to entertainment, we can't deny the valuable contributions of our dear Asian neighbors.You might be, or at one point was, obsessed with everything Korean, and we can't ...
 
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Not all trends are alike.
With all the beauty trends you hear about online and read about in magazines, it can be difficult to choose which one to try first. But like beauty products, some might be more suitable for your Asian skin and features. At the launch ...
 
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And it doesn't cost anything!
If it isn't obvious yet, the whole country has been bitten by the Korean bug. From K-drama obsessions to crushing hard on our favorite Korean stars, it's safe to say that the Philippines is high with Korean fever. But other than our love ...
 
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Koreans are calling it the "Park Shin Hye effect."
When Jun Ji Hyun wore YSL's Rouge Pur Couture No. 52 lipstick in the hit TV fantasy romance My Love from the Star, it caused quite a stir and a huge surge in sales. You see, the drama craze in South Korea ...
 
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They'll make you want to step up your beauty game.
You don’t need to be a fan of Korean dramas to appreciate the chinky-eyed beauties who star in their popular rom-coms. One look at their well-groomed straight brows, baby smooth pouts, and pore-free skin is all it takes to convince someone to ...
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Serene Fae A day ago

"The paradoxical idea of attaining a happier life and how to withstand these beliefs."

The Revolting Truth About Happiness by Theserenefae

If people ask you about your vision of a happier life we automatically envision ourselves having more money, true love, a better job, Instagram-worthy vacations, etc. But let me break this to you this, According to Dr. Laurie Santos, Professor of Psychology at Yale University and the voice behind The Happiness Lab podcast, "Most of the goals we think would make us happy do not really make us happy." And why is that? Simple, being happy is all in our minds. The human mind ploys us with these lenses on how we envision ourselves and our lives to be happy. The perception of "having" or "gaining" is the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. So how can we really be "happy"?

• Seek happiness inside you. This is a quintessential reason for our vision of happiness: misconceptions about having a lot of money would make me happy; owning this and that would make me happy; entering a relationship would make me happy. This is not the case, if you want to be truly happy with your relationship, you have to be already happy on your own. If you want satisfaction from others, you have to be satisfied with yourself. And so on.

• Fill that hole righteously We all have that tiny hole inside our hearts, tampering it with temporary band-aids. Fill this hole with purpose. Have you ever heard about The Three "M's"— Master, Mission, and Mate? Define who will be your Master, is it God? If that's so, your Mission could be following his words and will. Mate would be the last for they will be the best companion to fulfill your mission. Now hear me out, it is important to do this accordingly. We often times jumble it or invert it which can lead to failures.

• Give gifts to others. The wonderful grace in giving. There’s nothing like the rush of pure joy when you get a chance to give. However, this may not be something that we're used to. But apparently, openhandedness is our soul's true shape. As Eugene Peterson put it, "Giving is what we do best. It is the air into which we were born." This doesn't necessarily mean we have to give away our stuff but we can also present love, kindness, gratefulness, etc. in our own simplest ways to anyone such as giving time, encouragement, helping hand, or even forgiveness. Try giving and you'll receive inconceivable gifts in return.

• Savor moments. Savoring deeply intensifies our positive emotions while doing something that we love the most by simply stepping outside of the experience to review and appreciate the moment. You can practice this by having a delicious meal, reading a good book, or any activity that you enjoy and love. It can also be enhanced by sharing these experiences with others, appreciating such amazing moments, or staying present the entire time.

• Choose to Love Deeper Today's society relentlessly pressures all of us to have this "perfect" lifestyle such as pursuing careers that drain you, finding value through virtual world and purchases, letting achievements become your whole identity, and yet after all that you still feel empty and failure inside. Consumption is just skin deep—a shallow perception of happiness. Deep life brings the best out of us and others. It is about nourishing what you already have, focusing on the relationships than material wealth, becoming vulnerable at times, and being self-aware.

• Understand that Sufferings and Pain are part of Human Being. Always remember that loneliness and sufferings are inevitable. That is completely how life goes. You may be happy for a moment or a month but sooner or later great tribulation will start to kick in. Combat despair with graciousness. Count all the blessings that you have (and will have in near future, claim it!) by writing it down on a piece of paper or typing on your phone. Viola! an instant boost for happiness. We all know the fact that this superficial happiness won't work, but why do I keep on wanting? I already have all this wisdom about how to be happy for ages, but why can't I apply it to my own life?

First, you have to understand that simply knowing doesn't change your behavior. Care to realize that all the tips that I have mentioned are all verbs? Because at the end of the day, it is all about how you choose to be happy and initiate actions towards success. Know, reflect, visualize, believe, and do something about it. All of these are Actions! This is the secret of all the happiest and most influential people in the world—actions. Furthermore, do know that some of these tips do not work instantly most of the time. It requires a lot of time, motivation, consistency, and effort. I do know it's easier said than done. Take each of them slowly, one step at a time.

If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be alive. It may sound contradictory, but it’s true. Pain reminds me that I can feel, along with other emotions. Pain reminds me that I can heal, just like how I did in the past. Pain reminds me that I am strong and I can do better. It reminds me that life can be bitter, and it is up to us to make it a little sweeter (or saltier, depending on what the person wants).

With this epiphany, I take pain in a positive light. It’s normal that it can break me and make me want to stay in bed all day, but having someone or something remind me that there is hope is enough. It’s normal that I cry my heart out, but it’s important to remember that there’s a calm after the storm. If it wasn’t for pain, I wouldn’t be who I am now. It has shaped me and how I look at things. It has changed the way I approach circumstances that can challenge me and my beliefs.

Pain, back then, made me cower in the dark. Pain used to be my biggest fear, and I used to do my best to avoid pain. However, I realized that avoiding pain is like avoiding life. Because of how I wanted to protect myself, I closed myself off to people and opportunities. I used to tell myself that “this will end badly”, or “this is going to hurt in the end”. I always focused on how much pain I might endure in the end that I forgot to enjoy the process.

It’s inevitable, you see? Endings, most of the time, may hurt. It’s natural for us to grow attached to someone or something, and their disappearance might bring us a lot of pain. However, one should always remember that the pain is a reminder of how close you became, how many memories you had. If it wasn’t for pain, life would be pointless. If it wasn’t for pain, we would be nothing.

margaux marie A day ago
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