Monday, July 29, 2013


Light After Dark

It was a month after graduation when we had our batch graduation dinner. During this time it was a little tough to prepare for the dinner because we’re so busy with our review for boards. But it turned out unexpectedly like everybody had prepared this for so long. It reminds me of our promenade ball back in high school where everybody dressed gorgeous, beautiful, and handsome. It might be the last time for us to have this dinner to celebrate all together. Because after this most of us will depart afterwards, will become busy to their works, will go abroad, will go to their hometown, or will have more plans for them. It’s inevitable. So I considered these moments as treasure. This was one of the moments that you can’t just simply repeat and rewind, because these moments were very limited. So whenever you had a chance like this, take chance to play it. Enjoy!
Guest singer, Miss Cathy Go

Cinderella lace chiffon mullet dress
Accessories from Kiat Kiat Shop
Forever 21 nude strapped pumps

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Monday, July 22, 2013


Quick FX Pimple Eraser - Review

  • Size: 10g
  • Price: 49.00 php
  • Available at: SM Department stores, Watsons
  • Active Ingredients: Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin C, Niacinamide
  • The product claims:"helps dry up pimples, helps diminish and reduce dark spots due to scarring, helps protect skin against the sun"

I bought this product at Watsons last February 2013. My three other classmates also bought, and we decided to try this product. During that time we're stressing on our school works and having break outs. With an affordable price of 49 php, nothing too much to lose for a try. The packaging looks promising, it’s simple and its active ingredients were commonly known for natural anti-pimple solutions (Salicylic acid [Aspirin] for example, it is used to lessen inflammation). It said it was manufactured from Korea, which is convincing because most of Korean products today are proven effective.

QUICK FX a mild product compared all the anti-pimple products I tried. QUICK FX feels more like vitamins than a medication for the skin. It smells like a sunblock lotion with the same consistency of it. Changes in the skin can’t be noticed for overnight, you can observe the product full effect after 1 to 2 weeks of using. My skin did not itch or reddened while using it. But it’s quite oily that made my face shine, maybe because of the Mineral Oil content. But, I can manage it by patting some blotting paper.

Two of us said that the product did not help drying up our pimple. But two of my classmate who also tried this said that the product was effective for them drying their pimple, for 2 days she applied the cream 2x a day. She showed me it, and I see the evidence that what said was true. It dries quicker than normal, but not that quick~ 2vs2 maybe the product was really effective if hiyang ka.

But what I can totally agree is the product is really effective reducing dark spots and whitens skin. For one week of using it I can notice that the red spots were lessened and same to my other classmates. May of our friends also noticed the change. And when they asked us what we were using, they also wanted to buy the product. Haha.

I like the packaging with its resealable sachet easy to use and can fit to any pouches.

49 php is affordable, but don’t expect too much for a product that only costs 49 php :) 

Pimple drying were effective to some, but not to all. 
Whitening, thumbs up for this! It’s really effective lessening dark/red spots. 

To buy or not to buy:
I’ve been using this for months now. And I like the product it’s not too harsh for my skin. Not really a solution for erasing my pimple but I like the product for it whitens my skin and removes or lessen my pimple scars. It’s up to you if you want to try, but I would be recommending for you to try it.

Disclaimer: I am not paid to write this review. 

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Friday, July 19, 2013


July Must-Haves: Retro Glasses from Firmoo

bloger glasses

A pair of vintage eyeglasses is somewhat the bravest choice that you could try on this July. There is a popular belief that retro look is the most classical one when you make good use of it. Vintage eyeglasses are mixed with the standard and subdued colors. So they could easily get highlighted during a nighttime or in a crowd. Excitingly, you can find your First pair for free for vintage eyeglasses at

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Saturday, July 13, 2013


Somebody, pinch me

They said I could be anything.
(My college yearbook creative shot)
I wanted to cosplay, so I did.
I wanted to become a singer, so I did. (Haha, only on the photo though)
I wanted to become a nurse, so I become a Registered Nurse.

The truth is, Nursing wasn't really my first choice. I wanted to be an Engineer or a Teacher. But things don’t always go into plan. I remember the time I took my entrance exam at FEU-NRMF, I brought pencil instead of ballpen! Because I didn't bother to read the instruction, wala talaga ako pakielam! haha! I took courage to ask my seatmate to lend me ballpen so I could take the exam. This wasn't my dream school or my dream course. I don’t even have any idea what nurse’s studies about.

(Photos while were on the line for USTET, I actually passed ECE. But I still took Nursing on FEU-NRMF)

At first, adjustment to a new environment was really hard. I complained, I struggled, I cried, and then I became used to it. I learned how to ‘really’ study, but I also learned how to copy to survive, haha. It was one of my regrets though, I should have study better. Because most of the thing they taught you in college you can use it in your future.
(My first years on FEU-NRMF)

(2nd year. Having blast passing the Battery Exam! Capping ceremony)

On my third year, I think it was here that I hit the bed rock. Something happened to me that changed my life forever. What I thought ‘my life’ I used to revolve suddenly didn't exist anymore. It will be too long and personal for me to tell haha so I’ll just share the thing I learned “Anything could possibly happen”. It’s the time I started to reflect what I really wanted to be, the time I started to learn to love my course, the time I started to know God better.

This is also the time that subjects become harder and harder I struggled to pass some of my majors, but whew~ I thank God for guiding me to succeed all of them. I think nursing was really hard because it always put us away from our comfort zone. It teaches us how to be flexible. But because of that, nursing taught me the best lesson. When you were out of your comfort zone it is where you learn best.

(3rd year. Duty and Thesis days)

After our last sembreak, suddenly all things flipped so fast. First the diagnostic test, project seminars, case presentaion, then the first comprehensive exam, second comprehensive exam, clinical graduation, graduation dinner, graduation at PICC, review at Rank1. We plead to pass, studied to death, ate to feel happy, and slept sleeplessly.  It happened so fast that you’ll realize it’s only days before our examination. 
(Photo from the seminar we made, talking about how to pass the board exam)
(Our Clinical Graduation)
(Our Graduation Rites at PICC)
(Stolen shots taken by my classmate during our review)

I won’t forget the day I took my exam. Natagusan kasi ako! Haha. Instead of worrying about the exam, I was anxious of my heavy flow. Something funny happened nanaman while taking exam, just like the time I took my entrance exam at FEU-NRMF. Could this be the sign?

The nervousness bit me just right after I finished my exam. I can really hear how my heart beat so fast. I thought I’m gonna faint~ I realized I can’t do anything after I passed my papers.  I can’t change my answers anymore. It’s the moment you can no longer do anything but to hope and pray.

Then one month of feeling awe. The longest month I had.

July 8 2013, that morning I was at UP with my dad, around 11am the time we got home. I stepped out the car and opened the gate. After my dad parked he get out and said “Lumabas na daw results ng Nursing sabi sa radyo! Pagka baba mo nung inanounce. Tignan natin.” I froze and said “WAG! Wag mo muna titignan mag dadasal muna ako!” I feel the panic inside me. I was paranoid yet I’m excited. Pampatense pa yung site ng PRC! Ang bagal mag load.

Then there’s the list. I saw my name. I look again to the title if I was looking at the right list. It says ‘June 2013 passers’ then I look again for my name, it was there. I look again to the title. Then searched again for my name. (3C’s kasi sa nursing 3x mo dapat i-check haha) Then I started to cry. I went to my dad and said “Daddy pasado ako.” I actually wanted to shout but I can’t, nangangatog ako haha.

Finally, I feel glowing.

Even if this was not the original course I wanted, I glad I took it. I learned a lot. I loved nursing because it taught me holistically. I earned friends that I know I will treasure forever and learn life lessons that changed me forever. I had to close another chapter of my life. But when you think that it’s the end, it’s only the start. There will be more to come.
Live your life what you wanted it to be.

Congrats to new RNs! And to those who didn't make it ‘Don’t you worry child, heaven’s got plans for you’ continue fighting and never think of giving up! :)

I know this is so lengthy. Pero pag bigyan niyo na ako, minsan lang to! XD

Thank you God, Thanks to my parents, family, professors, classmates, and friends. Finally, here I am.

Monina Grace Sebastian Mercado, BSN, RN

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013


GIVEAWAY: I'm Shoe in Love Year 3 Tickets!

It's that time of the year again! Where The List Group partners up with top shoe brands across the country to come together in one big event called "I'm Shoe in Love". And this time, they're hitting the metro in their third year! This will be on July 20-21, 2013 at the NBC Tent, Bonifacio Global City from 10AM to 9PM. Visit their event page for more details.

Who loves shoes more than anything else? Well we do! So we're super excited to tell you that we're giving away ten(10) free tickets for you guys! Winners will be contacted via twitter and their names will be on the event's VIP/Guestlist.

Just follow the mechanics below to join:

1. Like Char and Nina's facebook page for updates.
2. Follow @secretcharmm and @ninaako on Twitter.
3. Tweet and post in Facebook the banner photo above with the caption " is giving away tickets for #ImShoeInLoveYear3 event on Jul 20-21 @TheLiSTGroup! I wanna win!" Tag @Char and Nina and 5 of your friends for facebook post.
4. Comment below on this post your: Name | Twitter username | Facebook url | Tweet link | FB posts link (for addt'l entry) | Bloglovin email | GFC name

Optional Entries:
(+5 for each photo you share) Share and like any photo from this album publicly on facebook!
(+2) Follow on Bloglovin'
(+2) Follow on Google Friend Connect on the right sidebar.

Winners will be announced on twitter on July 19.

All entries will be thoroughly checked! GOODLUCK!

Nina and I will be dropping by on July 21(Sunday) so see you all and don't forget to say "hi"!
Tickets will also be sold in the event.
Tweet us for questions!

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