everyday beauty routine

There was a brief moment in time when I wore makeup every day just to go to work, but I quickly got to a point where I just wanted to sleep. In order to sleep in on weekdays, I’ve gotten my morning beauty routine down to a small handful of items that have been working pretty well for me. There isn’t a lot of makeup but there is a pretty consistent list of skincare items that I use every day. If you’re looking to fine-tune your own morning beauty routine or are looking for a few new products to try, I hope you can find inspiration from these products that I use every day!

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hello 2019

Hello! You wouldn’t know it by the fact that my Christmas tree is still up, but we’re well into the new year! I kind of dropped the ball on this blog in 2018, but please send thoughts and prayers for the success and growth of thisisyna.com in 2019. Besides the inconsistent blogging, 2018 had some rough patches and really sad moments (and the world fell apart a little bit more) — but I’d like to think that 2018 was still a really wonderful year. I travelled to new cities, I got a new job that I really like, I became an aunt, I saw Hamilton and a bunch of other amazing shows, and I moved in with Gerome!

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nordstrom anniversary sale 2018 picks

Hey guys! It's that time of the year again — the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! It's my third year shopping and writing about the sale so you probably know what it's all about — every summer, Nordstrom releases their fall/winter items (and some new summer items) on a major discount for a few weeks, and then the prices go up again in early August. Public access to the sale opens up on Friday, July 20, so you know I'm ready to shop. It can definitely be an overwhelming sale so I've categorized everything the way that I've been shopping the sale — things to wear to work, shoes, fall essentials, accessories, and trend pieces. Things definitely sell out quickly, but Nordstrom restocks when they can — keep checking the site if you really want something. As a reminder, don't buy anything you don't love just because it's on sale, but definitely stock up on any items you were already planning on getting since many things are at least 40% off right now. I hope you enjoy this post and I hope it helps you shop this enormous and exciting sale!

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5 eyeliners to try now that kat von d beauty is cancelled

Hey guys! Ever since news broke that Kat Von D is an anti-vaxxer, I've been devastated. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is one of my favorite eyeliners and I also love her brand's lipsticks - but I can't support the business of someone who will selfishly and stupidly endanger the life of her own children as well as all the other people around them. This post includes eyeliners that aren't necessarily dupes, but other eyeliners I've loved over the years that I'll be going back to once my Tattoo Liner dries up. I won't be tossing my Tattoo Liner or other KVD products since that would be wasteful and needlessly harmful to the environment, but I won't be repurchasing unless she has a big change of heart and decides to vaccinate her children. When I was a small child, I suffered a disease that was and is preventable by a vaccine (I still don't know what the reason for this was, but I was born in the Philippines, where medicine isn't as advanced as it is in the US). I am thankful for all the other vaccinations that I did receive, which meant I stayed healthy and didn't endanger anyone else. I am very disappointed in Kat Von D's decision to use her platform to spread dangerous pseudoscience and highly encourage anyone who is even thinking about being an anti-vaxxer to do the appropriate science-backed research. Anyways, enjoy this post - I hope it helps you find some replacements for your Kat Von D Tattoo Liner!

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recent favorites + memorial day weekend sales

So... I haven't blogged in a while, but that's because I was doing a lot of soul searching, figuring out life's messes, leaving my company of three years, and then finding a new and fulfilling job (oh, and turning 24 and having an early quarter-life crisis). Now that I'm finally in the settling into a new job phase, I think I can slowly ease back into things on thisisyna.com. I've certainly been easing my wardrobe away from 'can you tell I work at a startup' and more toward 'I have a job that challenges me but doesn't overwork me.' In this post you'll find some of my favorite new additions to my workwear and weekend attire as well as other things I've come to love in the past few months since I've last posted. As a bonus, I've also listed all the amazing sales you should definitely shop this Memorial Day weekend! 🛍️🇺🇸

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winter beauty favorites

As I write this, I'm in bed recovering from the flu - apparently God heard and answered my prayers of "please let my little sister get better and just give me her flu" so ironically I haven't touched many of my beauty products in a week and my skin is a mess. Once I'm better, I'll definitely be coating my face with these favorites, which all served me well this winter when my skin was a bit less crusty and sensitive from constant nose-blowing. These beauty favorites also aren't winter-specific so I'll be using them year-round but I did acquire them and/or use them a lot in the past few months. Hopefully winter isn't going to last much longer (despite what the groundhog said) because I'm tired of getting sick and would love to go out without covering my face (and makeup) with a scarf. I hope you enjoy this deep dive into my recent favorite makeup and skincare products!

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