Quick Fix for the Face

Oh no!

Those bags under my eyes make me look like a panda or raccoon!
All the crying has given me puffy eyes!Eeks! A miniature volcano (aka pimple/zit) has appeared on my face!

What to do?!

In the past (during university), my solution was to cover my face with Vichy makeup:

In my recent posts, you’ve read that I’ve been moving away from makeup. I’ve noticed that my skin has improved on its own (at its own pace), with the help of a better diet (especially cutting down on deep-fried foods and candy). Nevertheless, lack of proper sleep (sometimes due to stress) and snacking on junk food have brought on unwanted dark circles and acne. 😦 Here are some solutions I’ve found:

Dark Circles / Puffy Eyes:

  • Simple: Revitalizing Eye Roll-On – Contains Vitamin B5, cucumber extract, glycerin. I can feel that the skin under my eyes is instantly smoother and I feel more awake!
  • Garnier: Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller – Contains caffeine, lemon essence, and mineral pigments (shades for different skin tones). I’m not sure if this is makeup but my dark circles are gone!
  • Garnier: Skin Renew Anti-Puff Eye Roller – Contains caffeine and Vitamin B5. I don’t think this game me the instant results I wanted but it is Canada’s #1 eye cream!
  • Cucumber – Haven’t tried this yet.
  • Eye masks – Skin around eyes feels softer and more refreshed.
  • Tea-bags – Supposed to remove dark circles but I haven’t tried this yet.



Charity Spotlight: Operation Christmas Child

This Christmas, I’m not buying any presents for my friends or family. I’m not being selfish. Christmas isn’t about shopping or going broke or the absolute necessity of having to get something for someone. My friends and family will still get their Christmas cards, however. That is a part of me, through my writing, that I will always give.

Today I finally finished my Christmas shopping for my 2 Christmas children. The shoeboxes have been packed and they’re now with our church’s Director of Children’s Ministry.


Every year, about a month before Christmas, Samaritan’s Purse runs an annual project called Operation Christmas Child, which collects shoeboxes with presents for children aged 2-14 from Third World Countries.

To prepare a shoebox, one must determine the gender and age group (2-4; 5-9; 10-14) one would like to prepare for. Then comes the filling:

  • School supplies: pencils, pens, pencil crayons, note pads, pictures books, etc.
  • Toys/Gifts: stuffed animals, small musical instruments, hair clips, toy jewellery, T-shirts, socks, hard individually-wrapped candy* (placed in a bag!), etc.
  • Hygiene items: soap* (in a sealable bag), toothbrush, etc.
  • Personal note: plus a photo if you want!

Don’t forget to include the cash/cheque in an envelope placed inside the box to cover the $7 shipping fee or simply pay the donation fee online.

There are, however, certain items NOT to be included in the shoebox, due to customs regulations:

  • Toothpaste
  • Food and any chewy, crumbly, or soft candy (incl. chewing gum)
  • Used items
  • Playing cards (I don’t know why but other card games such as UNO are allowed)
  • Liquids/items that could leak, melt, freeze or break: i.e. shampoo, creams, lip balm, bath gels, mirrors, glass, etc.
  • Backpack in lieu of a shoe box: we don’t want the other children to be jealous, do we? Not to mention there could be issues with packing a bag with boxes in a carton, as well as Customs.

This week, 19-25 November, is the national collection week in Canada (today is the last day for collection in the States; yesterday was the last day in the UK; Australia‘s was in October). If you are interested in donating some items or preparing a shoebox for a child in need, it’s not too late! You can even pack a shoebox ‘online’ by selecting a gender and age group, with a donation of $37, which includes the $7 shipping fee. The workers/volunteers at Samaritan’s Purse will then prepare the box for you with toys, school stationary and other necessities.

I’m very proud of our church’s school-aged children. Their goal was to prepare 250 boxes and we’ve surpassed it with 300+! Well done! 🙂